speakers on either side of a Tosh 56H80 -- too close?

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  1. chris larralde

    chris larralde Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm taking delivery of a brand new Toshiba 56H80 within the next hour! [​IMG]
    I've got a question about speaker placement -- I'm wondering if placing the speakers directly next to the left and right side of the set will be too close together.
    I'm used to two channel audio with the speakers placed about 6-8 feet apart. But what is optimal for HT? Do I want to maintain that distance, or should it be closer to keep the sound "attatched" to the visuals on screen?
    Viewing distance is 10 feet and my speakers are PSB Image 5Ts and a 9C center
    Thanks!
    Chris
     
  2. chris larralde

    chris larralde Stunt Coordinator

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    oops, wrong forum.
    moderators, could you please move to Hardware.
    thanks
     
  3. JohnnyG

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    I'd go with whatever sounds good for music reproduction.
    It's really the center channel speakers job to keep the action 'centered'.
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  4. Jim Christian

    Jim Christian Stunt Coordinator

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    I have a 65H80 with 2.9 NHT's.
    Try to keep as much distance as possible.
    Jim
     
  5. Nathan_H

    Nathan_H Stunt Coordinator

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    Technically speaking, the spec and custom for sound mixes assumes that the left and right speaker are nearly flush with the edges of the screen... or, better yet, behind the screen, at the outer edges (which isn't possible with, for example, a RPTV).
     
  6. Chris White

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    Placing speakers "directly next to" a tv is not a good idea. If you were sitting relatively close to the tv, the width of the speakers would not be a problem. What is a problem, however, is having a giant box directly between the main speakers. This really destroys your soundstage. To hear what I'm talking about, sit in the sweet spot and listen to music with the speakers directly next to the tv and then with the speakers pulled forward so that there is nothing between them. The difference in soundstage is significant.
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  7. Nathan_H

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    Very true. Unfortunately, one has to find a happy medium, since the mix on most soundtracks assumes such placement.
    My compromise was to leave about 6 inches of space.
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