Correct Speaker Placement

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  1. KrishnaS

    KrishnaS Stunt Coordinator

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    I just ordered my new receiver and DVD player and have a ton of questions before I begin setting up my new HT. It's been about 5 years since I set up my last set of speakers and I'm a little rusty.

    I will be running the Energy Take 5 speakers with the sub. I will be picking up some adjustable speaker stands this week.

    The questions

    1. Center Speaker - sits on top of the TV. Right?

    2. Front Speakers - 3 feet to the right and left of the TV with the tweeters at ear level from the viewing position. Right?

    3. Back Speakers - directly across the front speakers 3 feet behind the listening position, 3 feet above the listening position.

    Does that sound right?

    K
     
  2. SethH

    SethH Cinematographer

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    That will certainly work well. There are several variations on it, and very few people have the option of doing things ideally. If possible, the 3 front speakers should all be at the same height, but once again, this is an ideal that most don't worry too much about. Are you surrounds direct or bi/di-poles? If they are bi/di-poles my understanding is that the best placement would be directly to the sides of the listening area, still a couple feet above the ear.
     
  3. Matt_Smi

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    Also if placing the center on top of the TV is not an option, putting it directly below on a shelf works too.
     
  4. KrishnaS

    KrishnaS Stunt Coordinator

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    No my surrounds are direct. The center will easily fit above the TV no problems there. Ok another question - I know the fronts have to be "toed in" to angle toward the listening area. Do the backs need to be toed in too or do they just face straight ahead?
     
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    how many surrounds do you have? i have 3 in my system, the rear center faces the tv, and the L+R rears face eachother. i have expirmented with many different setups and this sounds best to me.

    Johnny
     
  6. KrishnaS

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    I have two surrounds. So you're saying I should keep them about 3 feet behind the listening position, about 3 feet on each side of the listening position and FACING each other?? That seems odd. I would think that facing the front or slightly toed in would be better.

    What is the official Dolby recomendation on surrounds?
     
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    KrishnaS Stunt Coordinator

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    Thanks!
     
  9. Johnny_M

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    no problem, good luck.

    what you may want to do is find a way of temporarily mounting the speakers, so you can move them around and try different locations before you permanatly put them up there. learn from my mistake, i have holes all over my walls from moving them constantly.


    Johnny
     
  10. Lee Carbray

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    Just as important as setup is calibration. Don't forget about the calibration.
     
  11. KrishnaS

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    Mine won't be wall mounted. I'm going to have my fronts and my rears on adjustable stands. So I can play with them all I want to get the correct placement. Lee can you ellaborate on calibaeration? My HK 525 has something called EZ Setup whre the remote has a built in micropohone to caliberate the speakers. Or do you mean with a Radio Shack SPL meter and Video Essentials?

    Check this link out http://manuals.harman.com/HK/Technol...rTechSheet.pdf
     
  12. Lee Carbray

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    Yes, a disk and SPL meter. The EZ set up is essentially the same thing but may not be as accurate. I would get a disk and meter to double check the levels. Here is a good post in the primer on how to do the calibration.

    Calibration
     

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