Surround Speaker placement questions

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Stephen Gladwin, Dec 16, 2005.

  1. Stephen Gladwin

    Stephen Gladwin Stunt Coordinator

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    Well, I've settled into my new 5.1 setup for a while now and I like it very much, but it's not quite perfect yet. I have a less-than-optimal design for my HT room, especially where my surrounds are concerned. It seems the general consensus for surround speaker placement is high (about 5-6 feet above listening level), to the side, and 2-3 feet behind the listener. Unfortunately, I have vaulted ceilings, and the highest I can put my speakers is about 6 inches above listening level. Currently I also have the speakers placed directly parallel with my listening level. If I can't put the speakers higher (they are JBL E10s and can't be ceiling mounted), would it make that much of a difference acoustically to remount them further back, like another 2-3 feet? Perhaps I could buy some ceiling brackets? If I put them on ceiling brackets, they would be hanging off the sloped ceiling: would this cancel out the surround sound accoustically?

    **Also: Would playing around with the distance settings on my Denon receiver accomplish a more spacious surround sound? Thanks!
     
  2. Phil Iturralde

    Phil Iturralde Screenwriter

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    Ceiling mounting not a good idea. If you got the room, another 2-3 feet behind your sweet spot will work better.

    Although my side surrounds are 6-feet high, they are 3-feet behind my sweet spot and work gloriously. Check out my speaker dispersions in overhead view of my 20' x 30' HT/family room. (Basically the same pattern used in the typical 5.1 & 6.1 Mixing Studio's)

    Can't believe that I'm answering this from Hawaii! [​IMG] Aloha!!!

    Phil
     
  3. Dave H

    Dave H Producer

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    Why shouldn't surround speakers be at ear level since the fronts are recommended that way?
     
  4. Dick Knisely

    Dick Knisely Second Unit

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    They can be but you're sacrificing the vertical surround, i.e., if the sound is supposed to be above you (and lots of ambient sounds are) you'll miss out on that.
     

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