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Old 01-19-2015, 11:20 PM   #1  
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Hey there, new to the forums and new to the surround sound game. I'm installing a 7.1 system and because of some constraints my in wall rear surrounds can either go at about 3.5 feet or 6.5 feet. There is about 8 feet from listening area to the rear wall. Which do you folks think would be the better height to install them at. Thank you!
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I would go with the 6.5 feet. Think of theaters - all of their speakers are mounted up high due to necessity of covering the seating and not having the sound be blocked if mounted low. They also angle the speakers to aim to the center of the room. Fronts should be centered with the screen, which will not be possible with a flat screen, so mos people will place the center speaker below the screen. Optional arrangement I've seen is two speakers per channel at the front with a row above and a row below the screen.

The rear and side speakers are for a surround effect as opposed to being a discrete channel because the directors of movies want the focus to be on the screen. Occasionally they will use them as discrete channels to cause motion to appear to go over the audience to the left or right, but those effects are generally minimal. They realized early in the digital surround era that dialog coming from a rear or side speaker would tend to urge viewers to turn to see where the sound was coming from, so that's why discrete sounds are rarely used. For more on this see: Let’s Talk Surround
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Thank you so much. I'll go with that and post an update when installed this weekend!
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