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We're finishing a 32x28 basement area that will have a 40" TV in one corner. I know it's not the ideal AV setup but it will be a huge step up from what we're used to. I'd like to try a minimal 5.1 system.

My question is how to place the rear speakers. I can mount them in the floor joist bays easily as the ceiling is not yet drywalled. Or, we can hand them from the ceiling drywall if we run the wires first. Or, we could mount them high on the two side walls, maybe 15' from the corner.

Thoughts?
 

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In a 5.1 setup, the surrounds actually should go on the sides, not the rear, at or slightly behind the sitting position, and 2-3 feet above seated ear level. With 7.1, you add another pair of speakers in the rear. If you ever upgrade to Atmos/DTS:X my understanding is that the side and rear surrounds are supposed to be lower, closer to ear level, since you now have ceiling surrounds.
 

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