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Couch next to the wall, where should I put my surrounds?

by ifresh21 / January 2, 2011 10:34 AM PST



I am new to surround sound and am trying to upgrade the surround sound in one of my rooms to a 7.1 channel system. I ordered (5) Polk RM7 speakers (one of them is a center) and the Yamaha V667 Receiver . I will most likely order this speaker stand for maximum height on my surround speakers (rear) .


The problem is that my room doesn't really allow me to place rear surrounds in the ideal positions (90 to 110 degrees and if I understand correctly, a few feet from the couch). My couch is almost right next to the wall and I plan on purchasing a new couch which might be slightly larger and have to be pushed completely next to the wall :0. So the speakers almost have to go behind the couch. And then i'm not sure about distance or aiming.

Picture here

How should I place the speakers when the couch is so close to/on the wall? I have to use speaker stands - speakers mounted on the wall/ceiling isn't an option unfortunately. Since I am using stands, should the speakers be aimed down towards the viewers from behind or should they be level? If they are level, should they be facing forward, at the audience, or towards each other? That confuses me. They are Bipole speakers. (I am not sure if that means they should face forward)


[Bonus Questions Happy ]

I have two more relatively insignificant questions: I plan on putting my center speaker in the top/center cabinet inside the under TV console. I will most likely put the left and right speakers either on the wall or the side of the console. The speakers would all be at the same level, but much lower than ear level for the viewers. Would tilting all of these speakers upwards so that they point at ear level sound good? (Is that the best way to do it)

I have two (old) nutone in wall speakers mounted high on the wall at the rear of the room and would like to integrate these into the system as the rear channels so that I can have 7.1 surround. How bad will this sound Happy ? Of course, it won't be timbre matched. Are there any adjustments I can make on my receiver so that they sound as close as possible to my Polk RM7s and improve the overall system rather than make it worse (if that's what it might do)? I want it to sound really good, but I don't think that I am much of an audiophile, and the others listening to the system most definitely are not going to be able to distinguish imperfections.

And one more that doesn't really matter - Do I have to be concerned with sound leakage on the left side of the room? Any adjustments I should make because of that? Also, the front speakers will kind of be in a nook smaller than the rest of the room - should I be concerned or make adjustments? I am guessing those are tough questions.

Thanks a ton for any and all help!! I tried to keep the questions as concise as possible - if I need to clarify or add detail, pleasee let me know. I wasn't sure if I should do separate threads for the questions. Thanks again!

Here are some more pics (sorry about low quality)-

Room dimensions: 21x13. The nook where the tv is is 8.5x5.5 with the left wall being 3.5 deep. Tv wall is 10 feet from the couch right now.

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Move the couch back 2-3 feet
by Pepe7 / January 25, 2016 5:23 PM PST

Then, center it a little more to move it further from the left wall. Mount the right/left surrounds on the walls to the right and left of couch ends, just above ear level. Next mount (new) rear surrounds for 7.1 on speaker stands per the crutchfield site here-

Skip using your current built-ins since they are simply too far away and not oriented properly to provide good 7.1 rear surround.

Questions? Post them back here Wink


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Ceiling Speakers
by hamedanidani / February 5, 2016 10:54 AM PST

Have you considered mounting your speakers on the wall or ceiling behind your couch. I had a similar situation and I resolved it by doing a quick ceiling lift install. It took me a few hours but now they're totally out of the way and the sound is great. I used these mounts here:

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If you review the overall positioning in the OP's photos...
by Pepe7 / February 5, 2016 11:54 AM PST
In reply to: Ceiling Speakers

...those particular mounts won't solve his dilemma.

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