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Advice req'd for 5.1 LCR placement (Sorry!) in odd shaped room (DIY Project starting)


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After what seems like a lifetime of waiting for other rooms in the house to be refurbed, the lounge's turn is finally here. It's a full on chimney breast out/ceiling down/flooring up project so I need to get it right and therefore would like some advice please.

I apologise for not providing a sketch but I hope you can visualise the layout. The main wall measures 336cm wide x 240cm high. The big problem is LCR speaker placement due to an existing doorway located on this wall which needs to be retained.

To maximise wall space I will move the door as far to the RIGHT of the wall as possible. Luckily I can move the door right in to the corner, say 5cm from the edge. And I will fit a narrowish 686mm wide door.

But even with these changes a 50" TV (mounted about the centre of the wall) only provides a gap of c. 27cm between the RHS edge of the TV and the start of the architrave.

Luckily I can physically fit the RHS speaker in to this gap however I am worried about getting a narrow stereo soundstage? The only way I can increase the separation between the speakers is to mount them at height - i.e. the RHS speaker mounted *above* the doorway. Since I will be sat on a sofa I assume the sound would be awful? Especially since I want to use B&W CWM in-wall speakers. Or maybe I could surface mount (at height) some B&W M1s angled down towards the sofa?

I would really appreciate some comments about which way to go, (a) narrow separation between speakers, or (b) wider separation between speakers but at height. And no I can't move house :-(

I have never had surround sound before so am somewhat in the dark - thanks.
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