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October 26, 2009 10:54 AM   Subscribe

[Hi-Fi / Home Theater filter] Can you help me position the speakers correctly ?

Hello all.

as a followup to this question*, I now want to better position the speakers in my living room.

You can see the current layout of my living room here. The room is 6 meter x 5meters. The red spot in the middle is where you can hear better. The problem is that the place where we mostly watch movies and listen to music is the couch (heads turned towards the windows/tv).

Generally speaking, since we are facing towards the tv, you have the front speakers more or less in front, the rear left just behind our heads and the rear right speaker quite far away on the right side.

We want to find a way to better listen by moving the speakers around. Our first idea would be to leave the front right where it is, move the front left to the side of the tv, put the rear left on the left side of the couch and the rear right where currently the rear left is.

Does it make any sense? any other suggestion? unfortunately counch and chair are not the only things inthe living room - therefore many moves won't be possible. By the way, moving the couch and/or the TV is not possible!

thank you all !

* if you are curious about the previous question asked: we changed the TEAC speakers with some Panasonic that much better match the Mission center. After doing that we played around a lot with the speaker levels on the HK receiver and we seem to have obtained a quite decent balance (mostly we use the Logic7 decoding). Now that we are amazed by how good music sounds, we want to make the best of our movie-listening experience.
posted by madeinitaly to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Check Crutchfield's tutorial on speaker placement. From the looks of it, you're screwed as far as getting true theater sound in the couch/TV configuration you're locked into. Good luck!
posted by torquemaniac at 11:16 AM on October 26, 2009


Our first idea would be to leave the front right where it is, move the front left to the side of the tv, put the rear left on the left side of the couch and the rear right where currently the rear left is. Does it make any sense?

It makes sense to me. Then put on some spartan music, like the chamber music, small combo jazz, folk, something where you can hear each instrument separately. If you have the Cowboy Junkies "Trinity Sessions" that would be perfect. Now adjust the balance and the angles of the front left and right speakers until it throws a believable sonic image with depth. Then balance the rear speakers similarly, but you won't be able to get the same depth. It won't be perfect but it should be very good.
posted by caddis at 1:47 PM on October 26, 2009


Home theater sound systems are designed to trick your brain into thinking the location of sounds is originating from positions relative to the screen.

If you place the left surround speaker to the left of the couch, I don't think it will work because the sound is going to be coming from in front of you, even though it is to the left of the couch. I think you should keep the placement like it is and play with the levels to balance them out.
posted by kenliu at 6:31 PM on October 29, 2009


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