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Old 04-05-2009, 06:26 PM   #1  
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I have a 6.1 system right now but I am mainly worried about getting the 5.1 setup done right before I worry about the 6th speaker

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Old 04-05-2009, 06:32 PM   #3  
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Hey guys I need some help! I am going to be wiring my living room in my new construction house this Saturday before they start to dry wall. My living room is a very odd shape for speaker placement. Below is a link and picture to my floor plan:

http://www.jcwconstruction.com/pdf/C...ina_Santee.pdf



My surround sound will be in the Family Room and my couch will probably be exactly where it is shown in the plan

Any help is greatly appreciated. I am thinking of using electrical outlet boxes to hold the speaker wire with wall plates to cover the box once it is dry walled. Do I need to put a separate box for each speaker for it to look right?

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I would use a separate box for each speaker. Your room would be a great area for ceiling mounted surround speakers. In that case you could eliminate those boxes.
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I would use a separate box for each speaker. Your room would be a great area for ceiling mounted surround speakers. In that case you could eliminate those boxes.
Would I still get proper sound with the speakers mounted on the ceiling? I have volume ceilings so they are pretty high.

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Would I still get proper sound with the speakers mounted on the ceiling? I have volume ceilings so they are pretty high.

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Do you mean vaulted ceilings,if so is the low area by the door to the outside and the high part by the wall with the plant shelf,if so your ceiling speakers won't work out as well as they could with the couch in that position.What is that area opposite of the kitchen sink ,a fireplace ? That wall would be where to hang your rear speakers or in wall if you wanted .

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Would I still get proper sound with the speakers mounted on the ceiling? I have volume ceilings so they are pretty high.

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Hard to say for sure. Room acoustics can vary considerably. How high is the ceiling and how is it shaped?

One thing to bear in mind is with surround channels, even 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1, the sounds that are placed in the surround channels rarely have any directional information. Surround channels generally are effect channels and the directional sounds come from the front three channels. Filmmakers do this to keep your attention drawn to the screen. There can be an occasional unique sound from a left or right surround speaker, but the duration will generally be very short so as to make sure you don't tend to want to turn your head to see what caused it. Again the attention wants to be towards the screen not a side wall!

Surround sounds are generally going to be ambient sounds and echos from the front channels. Examples would be crowd noise, birds chirping, maybe gunfire, etc. Since it is unimportant to place any given sound in the room, the important thing for surround speakers is to fill the room with the ambient noise. It is more realistic sounding if these noises are unique from left to right for the digital surround systems, but the original surround systems only had a mono channel.

Bottom line is usually the ceiling height should not matter all that much and with some increased volume could add spread to the effects. Until it is installed it may be hard to tell. Even with ceiling mounted speakers for the surrounds, it may be useful to have a pair on the opposing sidewalls. If you look at theater speaker placement, you will see several surround speakers on the side walls and a couple (usually) on the rear wall. The side speakers all get the same signal, left and right, and the rear speakers may get a third surround signal. 7.1 L/Rs gets yet another signal, although it is not very widely used. The idea here is to flood the theater space with surround effects. That could be done with ceiling speakers and a couple of side wall speakers very well, imo.
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Do you mean vaulted ceilings,if so is the low area by the door to the outside and the high part by the wall with the plant shelf,if so your ceiling speakers won't work out as well as they could with the couch in that position.What is that area opposite of the kitchen sink ,a fireplace ? That wall would be where to hang your rear speakers or in wall if you wanted .
the wall opposite the kitchen sink is where the TV will be. I am thinking the ceiling mounted or speaker stands are my best choice right now. I really appreciate all the help!!
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the wall opposite the kitchen sink is where the TV will be. I am thinking the ceiling mounted or speaker stands are my best choice right now. I really appreciate all the help!!
How high up the wall will you be mounting your TV or will it be in a TV stand?
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How high up the wall will you be mounting your TV or will it be in a TV stand?
IT will be on a fairly tall tv stand probably 3-3.5 feet
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IT will be on a fairly tall tv stand probably 3-3.5 feet
Is that a bar in that wall next to the sink? If so, that wall will be tough to use. Is it possible to use the wall where the plant shelf is located for your TV?

For your fronts, I think stand mounted speakers would be your best choice. Same for the surrounds unless you can do on wall.
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