Sould rear speakers be pointed to the front or at the listener ?

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  1. anthony_b

    anthony_b Screenwriter

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    I'm curious as to what is the optimum position to place surround speakers....Do you have them pointed directly at you or behind you facing to the front of the room ?
     
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    Hi Anthony,
    I'm not sure there is an "optimum" position that fits for everyone. To a certain extent you have to experiment with placement to determine where it sounds best. And, the type of surround speaker may in part dictate some rules of placement. For example, I have DefTech bi-polar surround speakers that fire to the front and rear of the room that are placed to the sides of the listening position, and just slightly behind. If I were using direct radiating surrounds, I would probably place them differently.
    You could do a search of this forum and I think you'll find other great placement ideas.
    Good luck!
     
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    I placed my surrounds (identical speakers to my Front R&L) on the side walls, about 3' back of my 'sweet spot' (had the room), and up, off the ground about 3' above my listening level (http://www.geocities.com/p_iturra/HTRoom.html
    See Dolby website (link above) for Alternative surround speaker placement alternatives.
    Phil
     
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    I have my speakers placed just about exactly as the Dolby room diagram that Phil posted.

    As someone who has experimented with just about all manners of surround placement (ear level at the sides facing the listening position, just off the rear wall facing the front soundstage, behind and toe'd in, etc.) my personal experience says that this placement is best. Your room may be different so try as many different placement types as you can. Your experience may vary from others.
     
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    I've tried almost every position myself except for hanging them on the wall.....If I were to put them on the walls, how high above my head would be the ideal height ?
     
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    Question,

    My sound setup is exactly as the picture Phil showed.

    My surrounds have a switch to be bi or di pole.

    Which one should I choose for the type of setup shown in the picture above?

    Andy
     
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    This is certainly a subjective topic. I have tried many surround speaker types (directs, dipoles etc) (right now I have dipoles on the sidewalls) but for directs, I always liked to have them behind me (a few feet back at least) and facing straight forward much like the main speakers are set up. For me, it was a distraction looking at an object moving from the front of the room to the back of the room but hearing that object pan from the front of the room to the sides.
     
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    The problem with Dolby's advice is that it seems more designed for the old mono Dolby surround channels. They have you mount the speakers above your head do it will be difficult to pinpoint where the sound is coming from. But many movies these days have discrete sounds that are supposed to come from specific points in space. If you see a car drive off screen toward you and suddenly that car sounds like it is above your head, to me that is a little odd.
     
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