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#41 OFFLINE   mluntz

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 10:58 AM

I would love to do 7.1 but my problem is my couch sits up against the wall, and I would have to mount the back surrounds on the wall angled down. Probably not the best way to go, not to mention the WAF also!
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#42 OFFLINE   Cholly

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 05:41 PM

I would love to do 7.1 but my problem is my couch sits up against the wall, and I would have to mount the back surrounds on the wall angled down. Probably not the best way to go, not to mention the WAF also!


Since the back surrounds provide ambiance for effects, wall mounted would be fine -- typically 2 to 3 feet above listener's head level. You definitely would not want to have them pointing straight down. I have two 6.1 systems, and in both cases, the seating is against the wall. The rear surround in both cases is 4 to 5 feet above head level. Not really desirable, but I had no choice. The speakers are angled down about 45 degrees below the horizontal.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 08:33 PM

Since the back surrounds provide ambiance for effects, wall mounted would be fine --


I don't think his issue was the wall mounting. It was the fact that his seating is up against the rear wall and the recommendation when using 7.1 is to have the rears 4' - 5' behind you.

That being said, everyone has to make compromises.

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 31 March 2009 - 06:46 AM

I don't think his issue was the wall mounting. It was the fact that his seating is up against the rear wall and the recommendation when using 7.1 is to have the rears 4' - 5' behind you.

That being said, everyone has to make compromises.


I agree completely that most of us have to make compromises. In my case, I had to make a number of them due to the shape and configuration of my room. Take a look at the diagram below:

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The above 20'x20' room has a LOT of glass on the three exposed walls, making wall mounting of the surround speakers difficult -- if not impossible. The open doorway near the TV makes centering the TV impossible. The placement of the couch at the rear makes it a bit too close to the rear surrounds. Although I could fix this by moving the couch forward a bit more, I haven't done it yet to keep peace in the family ;)

Even with all of those compromises, the sound is pretty good. The auto-calibration program (YPAO) in my Yamaha RX-V663 seems to smooth out the issues fairly well.
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Posted 31 March 2009 - 11:36 AM

I don't think his issue was the wall mounting. It was the fact that his seating is up against the rear wall and the recommendation when using 7.1 is to have the rears 4' - 5' behind you.

That being said, everyone has to make compromises.


I understood that. I have a similar situation to the OP, and have to deal with the rears and surround not being more that 2 feet behind the listener. Further, because of a passthru to the kitchen, the speakers are about 8 feet above floor level. Certainly not a good situation, but we make the best of it. :eek2::(

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 03:41 PM

In my case, I have stadium seating and my back row is "elevated" higher than my front row of seating. My rear speakers on my 7.1 setup are above and slightly behind the rear seating.

My Onkyo v989 receiver allows me to perfectly balance all the speakers. I actually had it done originally with a pro using a sound meter. Harmonics in the room were virtually eliminated.

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 12:53 PM

Is there any kind of wireless solution for the rear surrounds?
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Posted 03 April 2009 - 07:15 PM

Is there any kind of wireless solution for the rear surrounds?


The only thing I have seen to date is in the form of Home Theater in a Box (HTIB) systems. Several manufacturers have models with wireless rears.

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 07:26 AM

I have seen 1-2 wireless speaker setups, but honestly, interference and performance would be 2 of the issues I'd have to research further.

If you google wireless speakers, there are some options out there, but personally, I would not take that approach.
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