Surround Speaker Placement

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by PAPO, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. PAPO macrumors 6502

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    I was just wondering if there was a specialised tool for positioning speakers, 'cause I recently set up a new 7.1 system for my home theatre and ended up throwing something together myself, but it was quite a hassle and I don't know if it will last if I end up setting up friends systems as well, I know all then angles but getting the speakers in the right spot is a little fiddly.

    for anyone curious I've got Klipsch Speakers, and an Onkyo amp (my DSOTM SACD sounds... *trails off thinking about how indescribable it sounds*

    if not maybe I'll have to make something a little more solid and sell it myself :p
     
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    For most people placing the speakers is the easy part. The hard part is placing the sofa. Everyone like to place it on the back wall but in a surround system it really has to go about 1/2 way between the TV screen and the back wall.

    If you do run the sofa all the way back there just is not really good place to put speakers.

    You can make up for some of this with room treatments, make the rear wall "soft" and then it is not quite so bad. But unless the room is huge there is no "best" placements, only compromises
     
  3. PAPO thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I know all that, I just wanted to know if there was a tool to make the job of positioning the speakers easier, by making it easier to find the right angle

    also my couch is centred (mostly) in the room too, and I've got everything pretty close, just wanted a better way of doing things
     
  4. TMRaven macrumors 68020

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    There's not really a science behind it. Most speakers have pretty good dispersement.
     
  5. DA INFERNO macrumors newbie

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    http://www.thx.com/consumer/home-entertainment/home-theater/surround-sound-speaker-set-up/

    http://www.dolby.com/us/en/consumer/setup/connection-guide/home-theater-speaker-guide/index.html

    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=91
     
  6. PAPO, Feb 29, 2012
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    PAPO thread starter macrumors 6502

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    nothing I hadn't already looked up, I know what angles I need I'm looking for a physical tool to help me put the speakers at the right angles, I'll take a pic of the one I made so you can get an idea of what I mean

    ok here we go:
    Photo on 2012-02-29 at 22.11.jpg
     
  7. DA INFERNO macrumors newbie

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    What Onkyo receiver are you using? What Klipsch speakers are you using? I am also a klipsch fan with a Pioneer receiver. There is no "tool" that I know of that will help with what you are looking for, but if your receiver is newer then it should have Audussy witch should fix must if not all of your needs.
     
  8. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    Dolby's recommendations based off Dolby Media Suite Encoder which is about $3500 so its pretty much what Dolby has scientifically created. (its in the below attachments).
     

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  9. PAPO thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok, I guess I'll work on making a better one and see if I can sell it :p

    but also I have no idea :p it's what the guy sold me... :| I know it sounds bad but I did get to hear it before I brought it and I'm glad I did, but I'll check it...

    TX-NR609, and I'm slack and can't be bothered checking all the speakers.

    yeh it does have the calibration but I'm a bit of a perfectionist, and something of an audiophile so I want to get things as close as possible for what my room allows
     

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