minimum room size for 7.1?

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  1. Ted Lee

    Ted Lee Lead Actor

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    hi all -

    i've read that in smaller rooms, you don't really need 7.1 - which makes sense to me. that being said...i have a 7.1 receiver, i've pre-wired my house for 7.1, and (for the love of ht) i want to try 7.1 - goshdarnit!

    of course, i don't want it at the sacrifice of sound quality, etc. my understanding is that, if the room is too small, the side and rear speakers can "blend" together, muffling the rear sound-stage.

    i don't recall the size of my living room, but it's decent sized. i think approximately 10hx12lx10w. also, my speakers may (or may not..haven't decided) be in-ceiling.

    so, any random thoughts or suggestions are welcome.

    thx!
     
  2. John S

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    I dunno, I have yet to find a room, that with carefull calibration doesn't see some improvment with 7.1 over 5.1. As you indicated, I suppose results can vary though.
     
  3. Blaine_M

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    I've got 6.1 in my 8hx12wx16l room, I like it a lot better than the 5.1. Your room should handle 7.1 fine.
     
  4. Lyle_E

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    I am running 6.1 in a 16L x 10.5W x 8h room I have seen a definate improvment.
     
  5. Ted Lee

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    thx guys...i think i'm gonna go for it. i'll just have to be careful about my calibrating, etc.
     
  6. Alan Wise

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    I've got a 7.1 in my 12.5 X 12.5 by 8 foot high home theater room. The soundstage is awesome.
    I agree; Go for It.

    Good Luck, Al. Wise
     

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