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Old 12-01-2016, 10:23 PM   #1  
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Default Speaker Placement - Surround or Back?

I have a 7.1 receiver that accommodates surround, rear and height speakers. I'm planning on adding ceiling speakers which I will, of course, run to the 'height' outputs. My rear, or surround, speakers must be placed in the back of my room - I can't add speakers to the sides of the viewing position. That said, should I run those rear speakers to the 'surround' or 'rear' outputs on the receiver? The 'surround' output seems to be the default, but the speakers will actually be placed in a rear position.

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Name and model number of avr? That would help answer your question.
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Use surround not rears regardless of position and set up for 5.1 sound . If you don't you will lose a significant amount of sound. The positioning may not be perfect but slight improper spatial clues is better than missing sounds
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Thanks for the replies.

Onkyo TX-RZ800.

I figure that it would be the surround outs. And the AVR knows (after I set it, I guess), which speakers are attached and routes sound accordingly, correct?

And the AVR senses the encoding, Dolby, etc. of the disc and decodes the sound automatically, correct?
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