I have my rear souround speakers about 4 ft. from the wall to the listining area and about 3ft above my other 5 speakers and the effect is awsome. If you have a good 7.1 amp and speakers those rear speakers really give a 360 degree sound effect good luck stewart norrie
For those of us with a couch that is close to the back wall (a little over 1 foot from wall to couch), I'm wondering if anyone can share their personal experiences on placing the rear/back surrounds on 7.1
Of course, I will certainly try different positions before mounting them, but I just wanted to hear some more thoughts ahead of time.
So far, the three primary alternatives I've heard are: 1)Mount them as high up on the wall above the listeners as you can. 2) Mount them on the ceiling behind the listeners, and fire them backward into the wall behind the listeners. 3) Mount them on the ceiling behind the listeners, firing them straight down. (or, 4. get dipoles. But I don't like how they look)
Another alternative (my main reason for posting this) seems to be mounting them on the FLOOR behind the couch, a foot or two off the ground, firing straight up at the ceiling. This is the option I would like to hear your experiences on. As I said, I know I need to experiment with all options. But after careful thinking, it seems to me that doing that SHOULD work best in producing the desired affect when seated so close to the back wall. The point is for the sound to NOT be localized, right? I don't know, it just seems to me that the "creaks" and "distant" sounds and voices from soundtracks would be harder to localize when coming from behind the couch, shooting up (rather than coming from overhead somewhere). Or, would that interfere with the "seamlessness" of the sounds field, with the back surrounds being at a different height than the side surrounds?