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Old 03-15-2011, 09:57 AM   #46  
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Sadly this isn't my house. It's a rental so I can't go ripping holes in the walls to put speakers. I do have mounts and screw holes aren't an issue and I'll be running speaker wire around covered with those plastic wire covers you see at places like Home Depot. I don't mind the look of those only because I know that they can easily be removed once we move down the line.

Unfortunately it won't be the best accoustical setup but it's better than listening everything thru my TV speakers. I also love do online gaming with my Xbox so I like the 5.1 setup as it helps in FPS games.

I'm thinking what I wanted to do is mount the front surrounds about halfway the height of where my TV is and about 1-1.5ft away from the TV. The center will go right on top of the TV stand right underneath the TV in the center pointed slightly upward towards the viewers.

The rear surrounds will be placed up either on the ceiling or near the ceiling about the edges of the couch and love seat. The subwoofer is currently placed under the end table in the corner opposite of the TV but now I'm thinking it's too far away and I might just place it right under the FL speaker.

I'm hoping that my mic that I use to calibrate my Sony blu-ray player/receiver will help adjust the right delays if needed so the sound can be as balanced as possible with my funky setup.

What do you guys think?
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Ok, will have to do that. Too bad there's not a software out there that can help you with these types of situations. Maybe there is?
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Old 05-25-2011, 10:49 PM   #48  
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Thx for the info. really good! I have one question, my couch is on back wall and covers entire wall approx. 1 foot from adjacent walls. From your info, I should place my surround speakers 1-2 ft above head on those adjacent walls, correct? Is it better to use directional and place them in ceiling, or is wall always better? They will be 90 deg from couch approx 4.5 feet off floor. I wanna use B&W speakers because thats what I have in front.(towers and center)
One more out there question? If I used ceiling speakers as 5.1 surround speakers, could I still intstall 2 wall speakers, as talked about previously as 7.1 speakers or should they really be behind my couch a few feet? (which I dont have, couch against wall on back and sides, perfect box room) Any info greatly appreciated!
THX Dipoles like My JBL S2A should work for you. The correct set up is beside the seating above ear level with the ports toward the screen. With your limited space that wall rear might need some sound treatment. If thay seem too bright or boomey. One interesting thing, Thay say you can mix diffrent THX speakers and thay should blend like keeping in the same brand & type. I really can't say that for sure. As all my THX speakers are JBL Synthesis 3 The Horns needed a little EQ But thay are great speakers and the Left & right speakers have a built in relay for switching to music mode to go from the horns to the dome tweeters. Triggered by the JBL SDP-3 Preamp. I'm sold on JBL I'v got speakers from about 1997 and I have never heard anything come close for home theater. Music is another story. But the switching horns to dome Tweeters does help.

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Hey Love2Watch my Infinty's came in already! Now I know why you bought them!!! I HATE to bother you yet again but I have 1 quick question. The subwoofer has a 12" side-firing speaker. Can I put the side with the speaker AGAINST my entertainment system or does it need to be on the opposite side so that the speaker is placed outwards so it's opened to the room (if that makes any sense). In other words, does the speaker need to be pointed outwards so the sound comes out into the room or can the speaker side be right up against (or a foot away) from anything blocking it? Thanks again for all your help! What an awsome set-up!!!
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Hey Love2Watch my Infinty's came in already! Now I know why you bought them!!! I HATE to bother you yet again but I have 1 quick question. The subwoofer has a 12" side-firing speaker. Can I put the side with the speaker AGAINST my entertainment system or does it need to be on the opposite side so that the speaker is placed outwards so it's opened to the room (if that makes any sense). In other words, does the speaker need to be pointed outwards so the sound comes out into the room or can the speaker side be right up against (or a foot away) from anything blocking it? Thanks again for all your help! What an awsome set-up!!!
It is best placed with speaker to open to the side so it does not to constrict airflow and if to close facing your entertainment center it will create resonating sound waves.
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Thanks for all your help! I moved the sub and set up the speaker's. The sub sounds GREAT now and thanks to Loves2Watch advising me to grab the Infinity TSS-1200's (which list for $1,300 and i grabbed a brand new set for $500 ) my system sounds AWESOME!!! I love these speaker's and thank you for helping me out! This is the first subwoofer I've owned with the port on the bottom and a 12" speaker on the side. Thanks again for all your help! It's greatly appreciated!!!
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Thanks for all your help! I moved the sub and set up the speaker's. The sub sounds GREAT now and thanks to Loves2Watch advising me to grab the Infinity TSS-1200's (which list for $1,300 and i grabbed a brand new set for $500 ) my system sounds AWESOME!!! I love these speaker's and thank you for helping me out! This is the first subwoofer I've owned with the port on the bottom and a 12" speaker on the side. Thanks again for all your help! It's greatly appreciated!!!
Play around with the placement, move it closer and farther away from the wall and/or corner, aim the side driver towards the center of the room then try it aimed towards the wall (with ample distance between the two) and see what sounds best to you. Placement will effect everything, sound wise and sometimes a few hours of tweaking the placement will give you the ideal sweet spot. Have fun and enjoy...
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Thanks so much for all of your help Loves2Watch and ImRizzo! I did what you said and found that the sub sounds much better now! THANKS! I moved it a little further away from both the wall and my entertainment cabinet and now I'm getting much more "full" sound that's not overpowering. Loves2Watch, I still can't thank you enough for recommending I go with the Infinity's over the Energy 5.1's. What a great 5.1 package Infinity put together (especially when you get them for the price I did) in their TSS-1200's. I live in a medium sized apartment and my living room isn't that big. I THOUHT the 1200's might be a little TOO much for the space I have but not at all!!! They sound amazing and I love these speaker! Thanks again for all of your help! This is the BEST home entertainment frum site on the internet PERIOD!!! IF you want to give any advise on a good reciever for $500 or less I posted a thread in the approriate forum here. It would be greatly apprciated!!! THANKS AGAIN!

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So currently my Polk CS2 center channel speaker is right below the tv as i have no where else to put it. I presume it needs to be a bit higher up, id rather not mount the tv on the wall as im in a rental house so im looking to get this so the center can be up in the open.

http://www.cymax.com/Walker-Edison-6...ood-V60MWF.htm

input would be great on this one.
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Check out this unit
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I do like the look of the other one and i notice that pic has the center below. Would it be best to have the center where the tv would normally go? i think ill go with the link i posted.
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I do like the look of the other one and i notice that pic has the center below. Would it be best to have the center where the tv would normally go? i think ill go with the link i posted.
The center speaker fits directly below the TV (on mine I removed the upright mount to put TV directly on top glass) choice is yours I was only offering options. there are many media stands on http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden...29/subcat.html
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Hey rizzo thank you for the link so many to chose from. But my main ? was would it be more rewarding sound wise to have the center on the top in the open. On my current stand the center fits just below the tv and it seems it would be better up more.
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