My current 5.1 surround system is it set up properly & can i expand too 7.1?

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  1. jezzabella25

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    Hi my current setup Sony SS-CNP2 & Sony SA-WMSP4, by looking at the pics I submitted are they correctly set up as I dont feel it is I have automatically setup using my SONY Amp.

    The front speakers are about roughly 6-8 foot away from the rear speakers all 4 speakers are wall mounted, I wanted too expand 7.1 have enough room but wanted advise on getting a brand new 7.1 speaker package my budget max is £1,000:lease:[​IMG]
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    The fronts are too close together imho. Where are the centre and the bass?
     
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    Hi the centre is there on that shelf the picture isnt the biggest sorry, and the bass is off right in the corner of the room.
     
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    also can anyone recommend a new 7.1 package maybe amp included with £2,000 max budget?
     
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    Your surrounds ate actually setup.as rear speakers surrounds go to the side of the seating position
     
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    hi thanks for the replies I was considering 7.1 system with 6 floor standing speakers as easier too manage for my room & had budget of £2000 for possible amp as well, any thoughts on that & can you acheive surround with a complete floor standing speakers, I had Zani 5 as an idea???
     
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    It's one giant leap from those to the sort of thing you're planning to spend £2000 on.;)
    My room is probably the same size or larger, I've just got the Onkyo 515 which is more than adequate, and if new speakers were needed they wouldn't take the cost up to even £1000.
     
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    Yet neither of these links show 7.1 set ups. :confused:

    TBH I think that getting a decent 5.1 set up is better than putting a poor 7.1 set up together. I also wouldn't worry about having your surrounds behind you, though if you get chance try them each side to see if it gives a better result. In either case get as much distance between the surrounds and yourself as you can as being sat too close to them tends to localise the surround effect too much. It can end up sounding like just the one speaker that is nearest to you.

    As Logical says you should see a good improvement going from an all in one type set up with tiny satellite speakers (especially that centre). However, unless you able to listen at or near to reference levels and the room is on the larger side then your budget should be adequate.

    That isn't to say you can't spend more and get a better result (I just picked up some used surround speakers off the classifieds for half price at £700 and IMHO it was a worthwhile upgrade). However, you can always upgrade over time, so if you want to add the extra pair for 7.1 there's no reason why you can't do this later on. But unless you have a bit of space behind the sofa to the rear surrounds you probably won't benefit from the extra surrounds anyway.
     
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    Yes, I meant to mention that the rears need space between them and the listening position, so making them sides instead would give some improvement.
    The Onkyo 515 allows for 7:1, with the choice of either extra rears or fronts, but I find 5:1 adequate.
     
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    ok many thanks for your replies, lastly what do you think of the Dali Zensor 1 & at moment have the SONY DG820 which is 7.1 complient so would I really need a new amp I was thinking more of improving my speakers, care for your thoughts?
     
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    If you are sticking with 5.1 IMHO there isn't a pressing need to upgrade the amp although I don't know if your current amp can decode the HD sound tracks on BluRay? If it can't then you have to debate if that is more important. However IMHO your existing speakers wouldn't reveal much difference with the HD soundtracks anyway, so it's a moot point.

    As Logical says 5.1 is often adequate unless you have a big space behind your listening area (I have about 2.5 metres to my surround backs from my sofa). Even then it's only a slight upgrade in my room to use 7.1, though it does spread the surround effect round a bit more on ambient type effects. In my set up upgrading my side surrounds (to better match my front speakers) has given a much better upgrade even listening in 5.1 compared to my previous smaller surround speakers in 7.1. It's more about quality than quantity IMHO.
     
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    ok thanks again would FLOOR STANDIDNG SPEAKERS be best for my situation?
     
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    Just chose which ever speakers you like the sound of at the demo. Doesn't necessarily have to be floorstanding. Some cheaper floorstanders can sound very boomy so it's not a guarantee that you will get great sound just because of any particular type.

    Floorstanders for surround use might be difficult to fit in anyway, which is why most surrounds tend to be bookshelf style (or on wall like my PMC Wafers).
     
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    Wall mounted looks to me to be the best option for your room.
     
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    many thanks for your responces
     
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    It takes us back to my question in post #2 though.
     
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    yeah but that was the only compromise the zensor need to be ear level
     
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    Have you recently moved in there or something? i see boxes on the floor, ladders etc?

    I like the setup though, the tv looks great and pretty big, looks like a 47-50'' ?
     
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    no just a change around all them boxes were the from the speakers lol
     

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