Originally Posted by IOSEFINI
If the front speakers are big(floorstanding) you dont really need a subwoofer, you can set your receiver to send the bass to the front speakers.
Center speaker is a must.
The amplifier(receiver) has the option to adjust each speaker volume individually.
If you use 5 speakers the rear speakers should be in the same line with your couch, not behind.
With a 7 speakers setup you will have 2 speakers behind the couch
Should they? My first thought was that you'd have two in the alcoves, one below the TV, and two behind the couch.
Here was the idea I was getting (yellow = subwoofer, orange = speaker on stand);
Originally Posted by MrAMD_Fan
Most decent receivers come with a microphone that does the setup for you.... mine for instance, is a Onkyo and it has you place the microphone in the preferred positions for viewing/listening (where people will sit at about ear level 1,2,3). This is done 1 at a time and it makes setup a snap. It is really tough to get it right manually as you need to set crossover for the sub and speakers. I can tell you that mine sounds amazing. I would look for a receiver that does that. And you really need the 5.1 setup (2 front, 1 center, 1 subwoofer, 2 surround (or rear).
On the topic of a reciever, can anyone give any sort of example as to what recievers are in the budget? That feature sounds amazing, definitely useful considering this is a first time home cinema setup and I'll be a little bit puzzled.
Also, what sort of stands would these speakers need? The subwoofer should be on the floor, correct?