- Dec 31, 2002
I need some last minute advice on placing my rear surrounds in my 5.1 setup. They are inwalls, so I only have one chance to get it right. I’m hoping that some of you with monopole surrounds will chime in here. I have my fronts separated by 90 inches (tweeter to tweeter) and my listening distance from the front plane of the speakers to my ear is 11 ft. Now for the ugly part. My sofa is only 6 inches away from the rear wall. I have only one side wall and I can’t use stands because of my toddler. So, this relegates my surround placement to the rear wall behind the sofa. Has anyone tried a similar arrangement? What I need to know is the recommended distance between the surrounds. From reading some of the posts here, It seems as though aiming them directly at the fronts would be the popular choice. My dilemma is due to the fact that I’m sitting so close to the rear wall. Should I spread them out more so that the sound isn’t so direct? Or, should I move them in closer together because there is not enough distance between myself and them (approx. 20 inches) to get any diffusion? The speakers are Boston 361’s which seem to have pretty decent off-axis response (feel free to contradict this statement as I am by no means an audiophile). I’m hoping some of you have similar experiences to share.