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jason123

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I am wiring my home theater with 7.1. The front, center, sub and rear are no problem...it's the sides. I know you are supposed to wire these at a standing ear level which is not an issue...but the way my basement is laid out I have to put my sides at one of these options.

#1 - Put the sides 3 feet behind the sitting area at the optimal height and rear at 10 feet

#2 - Put one of the sides directly to the right side of the seating and the left 2 feet back (window in the way).

#3 - put the sides at the left and right of the seating area but at a height of 82" from the floor.

I plan to use Bipole speakers for the sides if that helps.

PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE HELP
 

JohnRice

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I would go with option 3. Having the side speakers higher is preferable to having them further back. It's not really that high either.

Also, most people prefer dipoles on the sides and bipoles at the rear. Switchable models are handy for this. All the more important to have the sides directly to the side so the listener is in the null.
 

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I agree about option 3, but I gave up on the dipole option for surrounds about a year ago while using switchable bi/dipole speakers. The bipole option just sounded fuller, and localization was a non-issue. Bipole also sounds better with 5.1 discrete music.
 

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