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Challenging 5.1 Speaker Placement

by hark0039 / February 27, 2008 10:17 AM PST

I have what I consider a challenging room to place my new speaker system.
Can anyone make some good suggestions for me?

I have a long and narrow living room with high walls.
I will be putting in a POLK RM6750BK speaker set, and an Onkyo TX-SR575 receiver.

Here are pictures of my living room.

Thanks in advance!

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Speaker placement
by mjd420nova / February 27, 2008 1:49 PM PST

The front speakers could be placed on small shelves about eight feet from the floor. Insure that they do not actually touch the walls either to the side or behind them. The shelves only need to be big enough to support the speakers, the fronts could be large and still provide the sound needed. The rear speakers can be shelf mounted and smaller but again must not contact the walls. The rear speakers should be above and behind the prime seating area. If the front speakers are large enough with at least ten inch woofer elements, no sub woofer would be needed. True surround sound does not require a center speaker or subwoofer as the main and rear speakers should provide the interaction to create the chest thumping beat notes that a subwoofer would simulate.

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Yes this is challenging!!
by jcrobso / February 27, 2008 10:07 PM PST

There is no easy answer, but I give you some suggestions.
The center on a shelf above the TV. Get some wall mounting brackets and mount the fronts at about the same height as the center and aim them at the listing position. The rear speakers could go on stands or wall brackets, up above standing level and aim them down at the listing position. The sub can go any where no one will trip over it. John

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I agree
by HTHMAN / February 28, 2008 10:41 AM PST

I looked up those speakers and the fronts/rears look pretty small. A bracket over the fireplace and one front on the shelf looks like a symmetrical placement and could work. The center on a shelf either over or under the TV. Looks like speaker stands beside the couch. I would use those or wall mount the rears. The sub can go anywhere, maybe in the corner by the couch. Hope you can hide the wires.

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by Riverledge / February 29, 2008 10:16 AM PST


YOUR SITUATION. Short of that; gut the room and start over.



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Thanks for the suggestions
by hark0039 / March 4, 2008 10:38 PM PST

I spent the weekend mounting speakers and running wires. I ran the Audessy speaker calibration and the couple of DVD's I've watched sound fantastic. I'm really going to enjoy my new setup.

Thanks to those who provided REAL suggestions.

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