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Do rear speakers go behind you or at your side?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Grand Dizzy, Dec 13, 2004.

  1. Grand Dizzy

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    I've read several guides telling you where to place your HC speakers, and they seem conflicting.

    Some say that rear speakers should go behind where you sit, and some say that rear speakers should be at the side of you, in line with you (so no speakers go behind you).

    Which is correct?
     
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    I will say at the side (but slighty behind you), should be about 1m above your seating level and pointing down towards you. Of course once you upgrade to 7.1 you will have 2 at the back :devil:

    But this all depends on the shape of your room and your seating position
     
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    Depends on your room layout. In a 7.1 you would have side Dipole speakers and a pair of more directional ones at the rear. Not always practical and in my case I have a pair of Monitor Audio BFX dipoles on the back wall just above head height with me sitting just ahead of them. The image at the back is superb. Cant recommend these speakers highly enough for £200 a pair.
     
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    I read somewhere that rear speakers are supposed to be more to the side of the listener for movies etc. and that placing the speakers further behind the listener is mainly for music. I think that's just for 5.1 music though as surround isn't ideal for stereo music anyways.
     
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    If they are on stands, then they should be slightly behind you and facing the centre of the screen not your ears. This is the biggest mistake people make.
     
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    I have a virtual 7.1 setup (6.1 split into 2), should the speakers at the side be facing towards the side of my head or towards the tv, thanks
     
  7. Grand Dizzy

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    Hmmm... why should the speakers point at the screen and not you, Tejstar? I'm very curious; that seems counter-intuitive.
     
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    This is personal opinion as even the professionals say differing things. I've experimented with different positions and found that when directed straight at my ears it is often quite distracting. Pointing the surrounds at the screen provides a better soundstage, imo.
     
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    Positioning a 7.1 system will not necessarily be the same as a 5.1 one. I haven’t got a 7.1 setup but if I did, I would have the surrounds pointed at my ears and the surround rears behind me pointed straight at the screen. But experiment as to what sounds best for you :smashin:
     

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