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  1. Dan Brown

    Dan Brown Auditioning

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    Hi! I'm glad that I found this place... many questions. I'm building a new home. Fortunately my wife is letting me use the bonus room as a dedicated home theater! This will be my first "real" HT. It's 17'4" H X 20'8" W with a sloped 8'ceiling. Since it's in the attic, I'll have access around and above the room for future changes. All is not perfect though. I have a problem with the right wall. The staircase is sticking out 40 inches pretty close to where the rear surround will be mounted. The only thing I can think of is to move the viewing area over 40 inches. This will cut the width down to 14'. Will shifting the viewing area over a few feet hurt the sound? Will I be better off just mounting the surrounds closer together on the back wall? They're Bi/Dipole switchable.

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    Dan
     
  2. Dan Brown

    Dan Brown Auditioning

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    Anyone?
     
  3. SethH

    SethH Cinematographer

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    I would be a little hesitant to move the listening position off center unless you have to. I'm having a hard time picturing your room from your description, but here's my first thought (assuming I'm picturing it correctly): if you can still place the surround speaker next to you, but it would just be a little too close to you, I would still place it there and just put it in dipole mode. Dipole mode causes a null in the middle, so it being so close to you shouldn't be a problem. But I have this weird feeling that I'm not answering your question at all, so post and let me know, or hopefully someone else will be able to better help you.
     
  4. Dan Brown

    Dan Brown Auditioning

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    Thanks for trying to help, Seth. Imagine a room that's 17' wide and 20' long. The stairs come into the room on the right side of the listening area. They enter the room in about the middle of the wall.

    I want to move the listening postion over along with the speakers. I just don't want the right surround firing into the cavity created by the staircase entry wall. Will having 40 inches of dead space to the right of the listening position pose a problem?
     
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    How tall is that wall? I would think the speaker would be high enough up to project right over it.
     
  6. Dan Brown

    Dan Brown Auditioning

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    I took the floor plans to a local specialist this evening and it looks like I'll be OK. He seemed to think that this room will work just fine.
     

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