5.1 Speaker Placement

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  1. nheather

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    That's how mine is laid out and it seems fine after a bit of, and I being technical now, tweaking.
     
  3. Derek S-H

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    Nigel - I agree with Rousetafarian.

    I have my speakers in a similar configuration to yours and have found:

    1. The rear channels are really not used that much in films anyway.
    2. Modern AV amps use their internal processing to set appropriate signal delays during initial set up, regardless of how far speakers are from the listening position or whether it's an "ideal" arrangement or not.

    I'm sure you'll be happy enough!
     
  4. nheather

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    Just to be clear, these aren't the rear channels they are the surround channels.

    It is a 5.1 system, not a 7.2.


    My question was because the most convenient place for my surrounds is to put them where the rears would normally go.

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
  5. johnjay

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    @Derek S-H Agree except, the rear channels not really being used it really depends on the sound decoding & my rear speakers integrate with my front speakers regularly with passing cars, airplanes, stormy weather, gunshots, missiles etc. etc.

    Some soundtracks do it better than other though. I remember watching The Cable Guy when Jim carrey was swinging the axe over his head at Matt Broderick, it went around in time with the movie in a full multi 360 deg. sound effect & that was years ago.:)
     
  6. IronGiant

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    I have my 6.1 setup like that Nigel, I'm sure you will be fine. If our speakers were either side of the sofa then one would be in the doorway and the other would be next to a second sofa.
     
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    Because I have an L shaped lounge my rears are either side of the main seating position. My receiver has an Audessey set up mic and programmes itself to good effect.
     
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    What's the difference?

    My understanding is that Rears or Surrounds are pretty much the same thing, or at least perform the same function i.e. they project information from a disc forward behind the listening position.

    Or have I got this wrong?

    I must confess, I know nothing about 7.2, always found 5.1 in a 15 x 10 room more than satisfying. Do you think you may be missing out on some information on the soundtrack using this configuration? I don't see how....
     
  9. nheather

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    Must admit I'm not 100% certain.

    The surrounds are supposed to be to the side and very slightly behind the viewing position. The speakers that are often called rears in a 5.1 system are actually the surrounds.

    A 6.1 adds a rear centre behind the viewing position.
    A 7.1 adds two rears behind the viewing position rather like where the surrounds are in my picture.
    An 8.1 adds rear centre and rear satellites.
    An x.2 adds an additional subwoofer, usually to he rear to be a 7.2 or 8.2

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
  10. IronGiant

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    My receiver hand book shows two alternative positions for the surround speakers either to the sides, or behind "depending on the source and surround mode". And there is a surround speaker selection switch to allow you to switch between both setups. Each surround mode PLII, DD, DTS and DTS -ES allows you to define whether you want to use side or rear for the surrounds (in my case all are set to rear as I have no side speakers). This is independent of the one or two additional back speakers in 6.1 and 7.1 setups. Frustratingly it offers no advice as to when you might pick one surround layout over another :facepalm:
     
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    If the film you are watching has been recorded in 7.1 then it will make a difference if not it won't.
     

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