Speaker Placement and Sectional Sofa

Discussion in 'Home Theater Audio' started by Bradcny, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. Bradcny

    Bradcny AllStar

    Oct 21, 2010
    I have purchased a 7.1 surround sound system and I have a question about speaker placement. Just about every diagram I look at uses a regular sofa with straight lines to show where the 4 surround speakers should be placed. However, I have a corner sectional sofa. Where do I (ideally) place the speakers in my case for optimum sound quality?
  2. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    Kinda hard, as someone is going to be sitting with both surrounds to one side. Maybe wall mount pointed at wall, so reflections wont be so directional, and sofa wont absorb all the sound. Probably have to experiment to see what sounds the best to the most.
  3. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    The sides should be to the side of the listening area (and facing toward each other) and the rears should be behind the listening area (and facing straight ahead). The fronts should flank your display.
  4. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    There is no "ideal" with your sofa. The sectional sofa creates a situation where a compromise install is the best you can do. In that case, your best bet is placing the TV in the center of the "V" created by the sofa, and arrange the other speakers accordingly. If the TV is parallel to either leg of the sofa, then the perpendicular leg of the sofa is going to have an ackward surround-sound experience.
  5. KroyT

    KroyT New Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    I would set it up to be the ideal position for where you sit on the couch. Not to be selfish but you can't please everyone with that type of couch. For a proper home theater installation, you don't want a sectional sofa in your design. In the end, I don't think a normal person will be able to tell the difference between sitting in the ideal spot and the not-so-ideal spot.
  6. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    Correct speaker placement is the key for surround sound to work properly. Can't be done with a corner sofa. A surround bar would be a better option.

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