Placement of Rear Speakers

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by Vike, Apr 11, 2006.

  1. Vike

    Vike Auditioning

    Apr 10, 2006
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    I'm in the process of putting together a HT in my house. The space is somewhat small. I will have a mounted plasma tv and a sofa about 11 ft from it against the back wall. The dilema that I have is that I will need to put my rear speaker right by the back couch. I will be using in wall speakers

    So, where do I put them? In ceiling? in the back wall? For either suggestion, where far do you put them from the 'sweet spot/couch?'

    I'm thinking of Infinity ERSHV 250s for the center and fronts. No sense of what I'll do w/the rear.. suggestions?

    I have not purchased my reciever yet...but my budget is low around $600 for that.. so I'm thinking Yamaha as a brand that I'm familiar with.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. Jim Mcc

    Jim Mcc Producer

    Feb 11, 2004
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    I would put the rears in the side walls(1st choice)about 2 feet above ear level when seated, or ceiling(2nd choice).
  3. Charlie Campisi

    Charlie Campisi Screenwriter

    Aug 20, 2004
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    Take a look here. Usually, you want the speakers a couple feet behind the listening position and also a couple feet forward of the rear wall, and as Jim said, a few feet above ear level. It sounds like you do not have that option because of limited space, so do the best you can. Also, most here try to stay away from inwall speakers, but we do recognize there is usually a WAF (wife approval factor) to deal with. It's a common situation proposed by people on their first home theaters and comes up often. Do a search for inwall or surround and you should find a few threads with recommendations. There are definitely better options among the inwall speakers, some of which are recommended by experienced HTF'ers. I think I remember a thread in the last week or so on it, so you should try looking here and in the audio/speaker forums at the threads from the last 7 days.

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