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Speakers will be on stands, roughly at listening height. What location is better, directly to the left and right of the listening location or slightly behind and to the left and right of the listening location?
 

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I think surrounds should be elevated and on the back wall to de-localize the sound and improve the experience for those not in the sweet spot. However, I use rather large bookshelves for surrounds and have placed them on stands to the sides and about 16 inches behind me. This sounds very nice in the sweet spot but less than adequate everywhere else. I've considered replacing them with wall mounted bipoles/dipoles, but haven't yet. I didn't like them directly to the sides but someone else might feel otherwise
 

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Thanks for your opinion. I really don't have the choice to mount them on the back wall so I'm stuck with stands. Once I finish the stands I'll probably have to just try them in both locations to see whats better. I just wanted to know what most people do, see if theres an option I'm missing or some way thats better than another.
I'll be using rather large bookshelves as well.
 

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