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First 5.1 set up

by sharpey13 / March 18, 2009 12:32 AM PDT

Ok, so I just received my new Polk OWM 3 surround speakers in the mail, and my Onkyo tx sr-606 is being delivered today, so I'm pretty excited. I'm still a beginner, but looking forward to having my first true 5.1 surround set up ever. My set up will be as follows:

Samsung 50" DLP (720p)
Samsung Blue Ray player
Comcast HD digital cable box (w/HDMI)
Onkyo tx sr-606 receiver
Polk CS1 center channel
Polk RTi28 front left/right speaker
Polk CSw30 sub
Polk OWM 3 surrounds

HDMI from Blue Ray to Receiver
HDMI from cable box to Receiver
HDMI out from Receiver to TV

Questions
1) I want to place my surrounds in the back corners of the room, but the corners are not equidistant from my TV/Receiver - does that matter?
2) How high above my head (when sitting on the couch) should I place my surround speakers?
3) I have two different types of speaker wire (both Monster 'high definition'), does it matter if I run one from each speaker?

Any other thoughts on ideal settings I should know about on my new receiver and/or Blue Ray player to get the most out of my movies and TV?

Thank you!

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by mamontano / March 18, 2009 3:47 AM PDT
In reply to: First 5.1 set up

May want to read your manual it will give you some visuals on speaker
placement.

1) a/v receiver has adjustments for distance from speaker to seating
position.
2) Ideally seated ear level if on stands, but if mounting on wall
or ceiling use adjustable mounts to aim towards your head.
3) I think as long as the gauge is the same you should be o.k.
Try not to have excessive amount of extra wire, leave some room
for adjustments, but its better to have as equal as you can length
of wire for opposing speakers.

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by jostenmeat / March 18, 2009 8:14 AM PDT
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1) equidistant is definitely desirable. I wouldn't sweat it if the difference wasn't great, but I would be worried if the difference was huge. If huge, I might look toward other solutions. Mebbe... one bipolar type speaker that can handle two sets of inputs, for example, mounted on the back wall, etc . . .. dunno

2) Ear level is best, or slightly above ear level. If well above ear level, point them at the primary spot.

3) Not really. Use whatever is thicker gauge I suppose. don't worry about equal lengths, cuz the signal travelling through the wire is approaching the speed of light. Rotating your head 1 mm will have much greater impact.

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