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Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by welshwizard, Mar 16, 2004.

  1. welshwizard

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    Hi

    Due to the awkward position of my TV , as i dont really have the space to put front speakers either side of the TV !!( Tv is in a corner with a fireplace to one side of it )

    so is it possible to have rears and a centre speaker , and then for fronts use the speakers off the TV , ?

    or would this setup be totally ineffective and not worth bothering with ??

    another question ?

    how far away from the TV do front speakers have to be ??

    many thanks for all reponses
     
  2. Nobber22

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    Bingo! Unfortunately. :(

    As for distance, a couple of meters is ideal. In your case, as far as you can. :)
     
  3. Ian J

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    If the speakers are magnetically shielded they can be right next to the television. If they are not I suppose a foot or so (whatever that is in modern currency) to stop the colour stain on the TV
     
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    You might be able to get away with it precisely because your TV is in a corner. The sound of the TV speakers will tend to be reflected off the side walls. Giving a much wider image spacing than most TV speakers can manage due to the physical limitations of the TV cabinet.

    The answer is to try it and see if it works for you. Though I think you will find the sound quality on most TVs is not up to that of seperate boxes. Particularly when you start increasing the volume seriously.

    Your best chance of success is if your TV speakers fire mostly sideways towards your angled walls. Though how this set-up will cope with the fireplace depends on the position of both the TV and fireplace. You should ideally be sitting on the bisector of the corner angle. But see what happens from your normal seating position before shifting the furniture arround. :blush:

    Something else to consider is the balancing of the TV speakers relative to the rest of your speaker system. As the TV isn't being fed with the "mains" signal under the control of your amp/receiver you will just have to play it by ear whatever you are listening to. At least you have the TV remote control to raise and lower the volume on the TV easily and see if you like what the TV does to your sound mix and quality.

    Having tried this idea myself out of curiosity. (though on a TV some way fom a back wall) I must say I prefer my floorstanders alone every time. I always turn the TV sound off or way down because it spoils the sound quality on music and film. Your mileage may vary because you aren't using seperate mains. So, just give it a try and tell us how well, or even whether it works, for future reference. :)

    Nimby
     
  5. Andywilliams

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    Hi Welshwizard
    My brother had the same problem as you to solve it he put velcro on the tv and speakers (small satellites) and fixed them to the tv cabinet, I was a bit doubtful at first but it works a treat there stuck solid they really are hard to pull off.I know this will be frowned on but it is a lot better than using tv speakers.
    Cheers Gonzo.:)
    PS make sure the speakers are sheilded.
     
  6. Nimby

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    I wish I'd suggested that gonzo. :)

    Except that I'd put a shelf under the TV (if possible) and then put the satellite speakers on the shelf. Rather than attaching them directly to the TV cabinet where they might rattle. A shelf would also allow adjustment of the speakers for optimum angle.
    Alternatively the speakers could sit on slim stands close to the TV if a shelf is impossible. Depends on what the TV is sitting on. Whatever happens I agree the TV speakers will probably let the system down.

    Nimby
     
  7. welshwizard

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    thanks guys

    appreciate your valuable input
    i think i'll give it a bash with some small satallites

    cheers
     

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