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Home Theater Speaker Placement

The speakers in any sound system are clearly vital and so the question of home theater speaker placement bothers a lot of home theater owners. However, the placement of home theater speakers can be resolved in several ways, and I will try to explain them in the rest of this web page below.

Home Theater Speaker Placement

When you are designing your home theater sound system, the best type to go for is surround sound Surround sound is an upgraded quadraphonic system. in other words, stereo is based on two channels, quadraphonic is based on four channels and typical surround sound has more speakers than that. Most surround sound systems for home theater have five, six or seven speakers.

If you are not sure whether you have heard surround sound, but you are used to stereo listening, then you are in for a nice surprise. With with the correct home theater speaker placement of a good surround sound system, your room will sound like a full size movie theater. It makes that much difference, especially when you think about movies like the ones listed on the Michael Bay bio - they are all thrilling action movies with lots of special effects that you won't want to miss!

However, before we get to home theater speaker placement, you have to buy the speakers. It is standard advice to go for the best speakers you can afford, but if you are on a budget, I would suggest going for a famous brand too, because this will allow you to add compatible components as and when you can afford them.

Ideally, you would buy your five, six or seven surround sound speaker set all in one package, but that is not always possible for financial reasons. Another consideration is space. If your home theater is 12'x12', it might be overkill to buy a seven speaker set. After all, you have to have some room to get in and out of there. You could of course hang them on the wall, but this does not always produce the best effect when you are listening to voices in a film, although it is fine for music.

So, you have to weigh up the size of your home theater and buy a sensible number of speakers that come within your budget. Although the number of speakers will increase the quality and depth of the sound and improve the overall surround experience, good quality is more important than greater numbers, you can always add more speakers to your system later.

If you do not purchase your speakers as a complete set you need to make sure that the speakers you purchase later are compatible with the speakers that you already have in your surround sound system. In most cases this is not a problem if you purchase the same brand and style, however if there has been a significant passage of time or shift in technology it could prove problematic. You need to match up the numbers on the backs of the speakers, the Ohms and the Watts.

In the examples below, the first figure refers to the number of normal speakers ant the second figure to the number of sub-woofers. The sub-woofer can go front or rear central.

A typical home theater speaker placement for a 5.1 channel surround sound system will be two front channel speakers (one left and one right), one front center channel speaker, two rear channel speakers (left and right) and a sub-woofer. A home theater speaker placement for a 6.1 channel surround sound system adds one more speaker in the center rear and moves the rear left and right speakers of a 5.1 system more to the left and right sides respectively. And the home theater speaker placement for a 7.1 channel surround sound system adds an additional rear speaker, which gives you two central rear speakers, which are set slightly apart.

These layouts represent the standard home theater speaker placement suggestions, however, you may need to 'play' with them a little to suit your home theater room ideally.

by +Owen Jones