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home cinema help before i start cutting into walls please


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i have some old & new home cinema stuff i would like to refit into new house,but have a few questions to ask before i make some basic cock up.my room is rectangular in shape.main area is 12ft width by 16ft.the last bit of room where the 3 seater sofa & (i have no choice in this ie windows doors etc..)listening position is 2ft wider by 7ft,so front is 12ft wide at the front & 14ft wide at the back of room overall length is 16ft.listening position is 15ft from the tv.i mainly watch movies.

1. front surround speakers at ear height about 3ft 4" high?
12ft width apart? or slightly away from the sides of the wall? (kef eggs do angle left & right)

2. rear surround speakers 2ft above ear height? on the sides of the wall (left one will be 2ft farther away than the right one) inline with listening position? or on sides slighty behind listening position? or inline with the front speakers 12ft apart,but mounted on the wall behind?

3. okay front surrounds at ear height.this is the bit confusing me,centre speaker at ear height? if i do this the top of the telly would be 5ft 9" high with the bottom at ear height 3ft 6",is this right or can i lower the telly down & point the centre speaker to ear height? what is the ideal telly height?


kef eggs 2005 satellite speakers (they do angle left & right)

rel q200e subwoofer

50" panny v10

htpc (old pc bits,core 2 duo matx pci express 1.1, need
some advice on graphics card for this set up to play 1080p smoothly & blu ray drive,ideas?)

suggestions for a new 5.1 hdmi home cinema reciever?

many thanks in advance:lease:

Member 502413

Standard Member
Hi, i would recommend you need to be looking at around the £300-£400 mark for your receiver to match the KEF 2005 speakers. The amplifier at that price range stealing the show is the Onkyo TX-SR608. It is a great amplifier and it would work well for your set up providing more than enough power to fill the room plus all the connectivity you need.

The centre speaker does not need to be ear height, it needs to be as near to your TV as possible, as the centre speaker produces the Vocals/Voice of the films you are watching. You need the voice to be coming from the area you are watching otherwise it can sound strange, ear height or not ear height as long as it is as close to the TV as possible you'll be fine.


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