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    Where should I locate the 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers?

    I'm considering purchasing a cheap Home cinema system, but I'm unsure of where to place the speakers because of the layout of my room/door.

    Any advice would be much appreciated

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    Original Poster

    http://img535.imageshack.us/img535/9739/capture10i.jpg

    The TV is sitting on cupboards with bookcase, shelves and glass cabinet to it's right

    Front L/R - to the L/R of the TV
    Rear L/R - the the L/R of the 3-seater sofa.
    Centre - in front of TV
    Sub - on the floor to the right of TV (as you face it)

    Nice diagram, tight squeeze through that door though

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    MBeeching;8323986

    Nice diagram, tight squeeze through that door though


    I forgot to add, 'not to scale' lol

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    dcx_badass;8323993

    It's pretty obvious so no idea why you needed to ask but:Move the back … It's pretty obvious so no idea why you needed to ask but:Move the back right one to the corner though to even it up a little though.



    Would the surround sound not be distorted as the the TV is to the right?

    People put my drawing to shame.....

    http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu79/sancho_1983/Untitled-2.jpg

    As dcx says that's the best you will get, and it will be much better than most.

    Although don't buy a cheap one!

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    dcx_badass;8324188

    Well there's not much you can do about that, this is the best you will get



    Does it make any difference that the back speakers are closer together then the front ones?

    Also, if I there were people sitting on the side couches would the sound be completely off for them?

    robot1000;8324079

    Would the surround sound not be distorted as the the TV is to the right?



    I doubt it, I have a similar setup but my TV is on the left.

    http://xs.to/image-E596_4BBF16CD.jpg

    Very quick mockup, I missed the centre speaker... It's just in front of the TV :thumbsup:

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    robot1000;8324241

    Does it make any difference that the back speakers are closer together … Does it make any difference that the back speakers are closer together then the front ones?Also, if I there were people sitting on the side couches would the sound be completely off for them?


    No and yes

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    The most important thing is to ensure the front speakers are optimal. The rears are supplementary to the experience really. Don't get me wrong, full surround is great but the majority of sound comes from the front.

    There's always a compromise with the rears for anybody who isn't sat directly in the centre of both of them. There really is a limited sweet spot.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for your help

    Now, what is the difference between the Home Cinema kits one can get for £150 and the ones going for hundreds more. Is there really so much of a difference in sound quality?

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    robot1000;8324328

    Thanks for your helpNow, what is the difference between the Home Cinema … Thanks for your helpNow, what is the difference between the Home Cinema kits one can get for £150 and the ones going for hundreds more. Is there really so much of a difference in sound quality?



    Do you have a richer sounds nearby? If so ask for a demo of a cheap kit and an expensive one. the only answer you're going to be truly satisfied with is the one you make up on your own. Take a DVD you're familiar with that has great sound.

    robot1000;8324328

    Thanks for your helpNow, what is the difference between the Home Cinema … Thanks for your helpNow, what is the difference between the Home Cinema kits one can get for £150 and the ones going for hundreds more. Is there really so much of a difference in sound quality?



    Indeed, it just depends on your budget :thumbsup:

    I spent quite a lot on separates but I don't think my friend's cheap system sounds too bad.

    Do you have neighbours to contend with?
    Floorstanders, wall mount or bookshelf?

    I bought a Sony amp, an older version of what dcx linked too, and some Tannoy sfx 5.1 speakers. I got them second hand from AV forums for about £180 and they sound great. I've had cheap ones in the past and they're nowhere near as good as this is.

    You don't need to spend a vast amount of money either

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    sancho1983;8324406

    I bought a Sony amp, an older version of what dcx linked too, and some … I bought a Sony amp, an older version of what dcx linked too, and some Tannoy sfx 5.1 speakers. I got them second hand from AV forums for about £180 and they sound great. I've had cheap ones in the past and they're nowhere near as good as this is. You don't need to spend a vast amount of money either



    I find decent speakers hard to get cheap second hand. They rarely seem to depreciate, in fact some cost more second hand...

    OP needs to take into account the wife factor too if applicable. Women tend to hate the boxy separate type speakers us men love so much! All in one systems tend to have "nicer" satellite speakers.

    I love demoing AV equipment. Used to upgrade one component every year until I had bills and rent to pay for

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    MBeeching;8324489

    I love demoing AV equipment. Used to upgrade one component every year … I love demoing AV equipment. Used to upgrade one component every year until I had bills and rent to pay for



    Yeah I love buying new stuff, the research, the demos, the opinions, the debate...

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    master_chief;8324444

    I find decent speakers hard to get cheap second hand. They rarely seem to … I find decent speakers hard to get cheap second hand. They rarely seem to depreciate, in fact some cost more second hand...OP needs to take into account the wife factor too if applicable. Women tend to hate the boxy separate type speakers us men love so much! All in one systems tend to have "nicer" satellite speakers.



    I doubt I have the space for large speakers. I don't wish to offend any of you enthusiasts, but what about ]this? It seems to have a digital in, which I've been told is a must for a 5.1 system

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    dcx_badass;8324598

    Our Panasonic all in one system was complete junk, the sony we had before … Our Panasonic all in one system was complete junk, the sony we had before that was much better. We're back to Sony again now although using seperates.Anyway I wouldn't get a panasonic.


    What about - comet.co.uk/sho…20/ ?

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    dcx_badass;8324598

    Our Panasonic all in one system was complete junk, the sony we had before … Our Panasonic all in one system was complete junk, the sony we had before that was much better. We're back to Sony again now although using seperates.Anyway I wouldn't get a panasonic.



    I had a panny all in one about 7-8 years ago, was that or a Sony one. The multiple awards the Panasonic won pushed me in that direction and I never looked back. Can't comment on subsequent systems mind.

    Original Poster

    I've just found ]this deal, which looks quite interesting
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