Room layout

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Johnny Tran, Oct 28, 2004.

  1. Johnny Tran

    Johnny Tran Auditioning

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    Apologies if I have this in the wrong section.

    I have a lounge which has a fire place smack bang in the middle of where my TV should go

    How should I go about laying my speakers if I am to put the TV in the corner.

    My current system is just an all in one box.

    The room is a rectangle, there is an open area into the dining room

    Below is a really bad drawing of what the layout is

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    |x.......F F F......||
    |......................||
    |......................||
    |O....................|
    |O....................|
    |.......................|
    |.......OOO.........|
    |.......................|
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    X where I want the tv to go.
    OO = two seater couch
    OOO = three seater couch
    || = open space to dining.
    FFF = fire place

    Any tips would be much appreciated.
     
  2. Nathan Stohler

    Nathan Stohler Second Unit

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    Johnny,

    If you really want the TV in the corner, you should probably put the two-seater on the wall opposite from where you have it (I'm assuming there's a wall there, and it's not all open on that side). Then, you can put the right surround between that couch and the open space. The left surround would go on the other side of the three-seater. Then, everone has a better view of the TV (and better sound imaging). I'd angle the surround speakers toward each other, making a diagonal across the seating area. Try to position them so they're not in front of the audience.

    As for the front speakers, they would go on either side of your TV, as far apart as possible without the right speaker being obstructed by the fire place.

    If you aren't set on placing the TV in the corner, I would suggest putting the TV where you have the 2-seater, put the 3-seater on the wall opposite the TV, and put the two-seater on the other wall (making an L-shape with the other couch). That's kind of how my room is set up. I did it this way, so that the speaker wires to the surrounds would run behind the couches, so my curious 1-year-old would leave them alone...

    --Nathan
     
  3. Tim K

    Tim K Second Unit

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    A corner setup is not ideal, though it is necessary for some people and they have to make the best of it. If you have to go with the corner, I'd probably try to do it this way.
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    If you can, I'd set it up more like this though.
    [​IMG]
     
  4. Johnny Tran

    Johnny Tran Auditioning

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    I wish I could post a pic.

    Apologies, but my diagram was missing a few things.

    The wall that the two seater is against has a nice big window which is almost the size of the wall.

    Where the open space is on the other side is, that is where the dining room is and the dining table kinda sticks out into the lounge a bit.

    Further down that side of the room (same wall just down by the 3 seater couch) is a door which goes into the hallway.

    So that right hand wall, I pretty much can't stick anything against it.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    What I really need is a nice LCD which I can hang above the fireplace.
     
  5. Ethan Winer

    Ethan Winer Stunt Coordinator

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    Johnny,

    Tim is on the right track, but I'd put the speakers at the bottom of the drawing facing up. Having the speakers fire the longer way into the room lets you sit farther away from the wall behind you, which is where the inevitable peaks and deep nulls are worst.

    I hope nobody minds the link, but I just wrote THIS article for my company's web site that explains how to set up a room and how to determine the first reflection points.

    --Ethan
     

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