Surround speakers placement ?

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  1. Shane Morales

    Shane Morales Second Unit

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    I have to choose between the two following situations:

    1. Surrounds slightly behind first row seating, but slightly in front of second row seating.

    2. Surrounds slightly behind second row seating and about 10' behind first row seating.

    Considerations:

    - Second row seating will be used infrequently, maybe 10-20% of the time.

    - I'll be in the first row 100% of the time [​IMG]

    Which would you pick? Why?
     
  2. David Ruggiero

    David Ruggiero Stunt Coordinator

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    I would pick option #1. I assume this is a 5.1 set up, and Dolby recomends that the surrounds are to the sides of the main listening position.
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  3. Neil Joseph

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    I would choose option 2 because the audio imaging matches the onscreen action more closely than side mounted monopole speakers... by that I mean an object moving from the fron to the back has its sound moving from the front to the sides as opposed to the back. Also, I am an advocate of having plenty of room between the listening position and each speaker. I know in some setups this may not be possible but if you have the space, give your speakers room to breathe. Having surround speakers right up to a couch of directly to the sides is like having your front speakers (or centre) right up to the listening position.
     
  4. Ted Lee

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    ultimate answer: try both and see which one YOU like.

    otherwise, i'd go for option 2. having your rears further behind you will help create a more diffused soundfield.
     
  5. Pam W

    Pam W Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm with Ted.

    Your ears make the final decision.

    pam
     

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