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Old 12-05-2008, 03:56 PM   #1  
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The living room in our new house is not ideal for placing surround sound speakers because it's a great room (kitchen and living room are one big room), but I've managed to run the wire and find ways to place the front and rear speakers. It's actually height that's difficult for me.

I know the general rule is ear height or a little above (while sitting) and I think I can manage that if I mount the speakers or buy some stands, but the center speaker is a problem. Right now I can either place it 2 feet off the ground on a cabinet or 8 feet off the ground on a shelf above the TV. The TV is wall mounted, so placing the speaker on top of the TV might be difficult or impossible.

I might be able to manage something, so what might you all suggest? What would be an adequate height for decent sound?
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Old 12-06-2008, 01:31 AM   #2  
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The problem with having it 2 feet off the ground is it might be blocked by something in front of you.

I would place it above if you can and tilt it down toward the listening position.

How far off the ground is the TV mounted? Ideally you should be able to mount it just under the screen.
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Ideally you should be able to mount it just under the screen.
Exactly. Look here for more information - http://www.highdefforum.com/speakers...ent-guide.html
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Exactly. Look here for more information - http://www.highdefforum.com/speakers...ent-guide.html
Oops, I didn't see that guide posted. If I had I would have just looked it over. Thanks for the link.

For the record it's 3' 5" from the ground to the bottom of the TV. If I could get the center speaker right beneath the TV it would be just about perfectly ear height for me.

Thanks for the advice guys.
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I know the general rule is ear height or a little above (while sitting) and I think I can manage that if I mount the speakers or buy some stands
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Ear height while standing works for me

Surround speakers should be placed high enough so that the drivers do not fire directly at your ears when you're sitting down one rule of thumb is to place them at ear level while standing. (If your surround speakers fire directly at your ears, they can overpower your front speakers.)
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Placing them at ear height while standing may actually be easier if I can find some wall mounts. Thanks for the tip.
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Ear height while standing works for me
When I read this I thought you meant the center channel
until I read the rest of what you posted

[/QUOTE] Surround speakers should be placed high enough so that the drivers do not fire directly at your ears when you're sitting down — one rule of thumb is to place them at ear level while standing. (If your surround speakers fire directly at your ears, they can overpower your front speakers.)[/QUOTE]

Placing the surrounds a couple of feet above the listening postion will help to hide the location of the surround sound effects. These sound effects should act as fillers and you should not be able to pinpoint where the sound is coming from.
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Speakers can be on the floor or on table. Everyone is not going to have something fancy. About 6 out of 7 sets here have surround sound systems. My SOHO I have the sub on the floor and the front, center and surround speakers mounted 6FT height. In the Kitchen I have them under the kitchen Island and the sub is on the floor. Every room is different. The living room uses the largest speakers 12" active sub is behind HDTV center is on the floor with the front speakers. Surround are in each corner.
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Currently I have the center speaker sitting just below the TV, but it will have to be wall mounted because the AV stand is full and it can't keep it sitting on top of the Xbox 360. The new cabinet my wife wants is also about a foot shorter.

The two side speakers are relatively at the same height as the center, but the right one is a bit higher (shelves are staggered and not symmetrical). After rearranging them all last night and watching Spiderman 3 on Blu-Ray (TrueHD sound) I was very, very pleased with the results.

My only complaint was the placement of the back speakers. Sound effects seemed toned down because the speakers could not be angled towards the couch. They had to sit on two small tables to the side of the couch, so the sound effects sounded off, down and to the side (obviously).

Tonight my wife wanted to go to Best Buy, so I'm going to look for some speaker stands. Then I think I'll have a decent setup.

Thanks for the tips everyone.
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My guide for 5.1 surround speaker placement is:

Center Speaker: At below the bottom edge of TV Screen at ear level.
With the 50" flat screen with legs at both ends of the TV, I was able to raise the TV 7 inches to accommodate the speaker. I used 2 painted stacked 4X4's under each TV leg on the 50" TV.

Main: Equal distant from Center speaker with height at ear level.

Surround Speakers: Mine are at same spread distance as the front mains. They are suspended 2.5 feet up from ear level measured to the tweeter, when seated and slightly behind.

The Sub Woofer is located between one of the main speakers and tv.

My 5.1 surround is configured in the basement Rec room. The Denon AVR-S910W handles the surround, which has auto Audio Speaker Calibration.
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