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Home cinama question

Discussion in 'Home Cinema, Hi-Fi and Gadgets' started by ooooaudi, Apr 15, 2003.

  1. ooooaudi
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    I am getting a sony home cinama kit / 5.1 thingy /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
    but i am unsure where to put the little speakers ( wall mount ones ) ??
    i have done a quick sketch of my front room, and would be very greatfull of any ideas where to put them for the best sound !!
    cheers

    matt
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    Well, I'd buy a copy of What Hi-Fi, they've got some little pics in there about speaker placement.

    Obviously, the centre speaker needs to be above or below the telly. The front L & R speakers need to be next to the telly. Not right next to it, but equally spaced at either side, and not too far in front/behind the position of the centre speaker.

    Its your rear speakers that are going to be the difficulty. I'd place one just in from the left corner of the top wall, and one along the right wall, middle-ish.

    Thing is with home cinema and speaker placement is its trial-and-error. Have a play around with the positioning before you drill any holes in the wall! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

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    cheers al, i got what hifi this morn, but havent seen any pics - ill have a proper read when i get home
    thanks again

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    If you look in the manual/set up guide doesn't it tell you? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

    Basically you have the subwoofer/centre speaker by the tv
    The two front speakers infront of you and the remaining two speakers behind you!
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    ive not got it yet, suppose it will have set up info /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
    just thought id ask, as ive never had one of these kits before !
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    also got to choose between region 2 and multi region ??
    what do these mean ??
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    Hi Matt. I'll make a suggestion here, but change as you see fit. At the end of the day your listening to it and your ears are correct.
    Also, I'm assuming you want a single "sweet spot" where you get the best sound. From your room layout I'd say it's at the end of the couch nearest the stairs (it 's stairs, yes?) and closest to the door which is at both couches. I'm also assuming here that you'll be lying on the couch, aimed at the telly, not sitting upright /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    * Centre speaker : above or below the telly, probably better above.

    * Fronts : Above the window if you can, half way along and the same the other side of the TV. If not, as close to the end of the window as you can.

    * Rears : Depends on whether under the stairs is filled (cupboard etc.) or open plan. Assuming open plan then one at the left hand side of the topmost door (by the plan) and one at a similar height, but positioned at the bottom of the stairs roughly.
    If the stairs are filled it kinda depends /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif

    * Sub : Anywhere really, shouldn't matter. If your other half doesn't object, cut the bottom lining out of a couch and put it in there.

    Multi-region is what you would normally want for DVD. Of main interest is region 1 (roughly USA), and regions 2 (roughly Europe). If you have multi-region you can order discs from places like www.play.com and www.cd-wow.com , getting the latest releases on region 1 before they come out locally. Sometimes even before they're out at the cinema here.

    Hope this is useful and remember, your ears rule. If you don't like it the way I suggest, change it. In fact, I positively encourage you to try different positions /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif
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    Hollywood put enormous effort into trying to prevent cross border sales of DVD's. You can buy DVD's in the States when the film is still being shown in UK cinemas for example. For this reason, they applied a system of region coding. The UK is region 2. Multiregion is better in that you can play any regions disc on your player. This is also important if you buy from the discount places online, like play.com etc as these discs are often sourced from Hong Kong etc.

    Don't confuse this with region free, which is often found on documentary or porn discs. These you can play in any player.

    For speaker layout, just imagine the speakers are spotlights. Arrange to "illuminate" your seating area as best you can. I suggest the centre speaker under the TV, the front left and rights about a foot either side of the TV and the rears, I would try on the ceiling, angled down towards the sofa's.

    As you seem to have an open plan staircase, you will not get as much bass out of the system than you would in a closed room, as the sub will have to move all the air in that area, including the stairwell and upstairs areas to create a decent sound.

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    Good luck!

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    [ QUOTE ]
    Colin M said:

    For speaker layout, just imagine the speakers are spotlights. Arrange to "illuminate" your seating area as best you can. I suggest the centre speaker under the TV, the front left and rights about a foot either side of the TV and the rears, I would try on the ceiling, angled down towards the sofa's.


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    Colin, that's an excellent description /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif
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    Colin / Mark
    Superb, just the info i was after /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

    thanks very much
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    All up and running now
    sounds superb /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    thanks again
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