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I have been looking for speaker stands to replace the crappy ones I got for free.

I want them to be pretty tall because the speaker should be aimed at my ear while I am sitting. Also I have a sectional couch, so the rear Right Speaker is behind the couch and isnt all the way above it.

Does the entire speaker need to be above the couch or only does the tweeter need to be at ear level.

I have been looking at SANUS stands, but that is what I kept seeing in google searches.

I appreciate your help.

Left Rear Speaker
Right Rear behind sectional
5.1 Surround System in Basement Media Room

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I have Sanus stands for all 4 of my rear speakers and they are good for the price. They look nice and they hide the cable, I ended up sleeving the speaker wire that comes out of the stand and into the back of the speaker for a nicer look. I have the 31in versions and for behind the couch speakers, they aren't high enough to get the speakers over the back of the couch. Sanus does make 36in stands so I would recommend those over the 31in.
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Will the 36" Sanus stands hold a polk monitor 30 bookshelf speaker?

http://www.amazon.com/Sanus-NF36B-Inch-Speaker-Stands/dp/B00092HW9G/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

I think this is the best option from what I have been able to find.

Everyone I have talked to says dont hang them on the wall because they wont sound as good. That true?
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post #4 of 15
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Will the 36" Sanus stands hold a polk monitor 30 bookshelf speaker?

http://www.amazon.com/Sanus-NF36B-Inch-Speaker-Stands/dp/B00092HW9G/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

I think this is the best option from what I have been able to find.

Everyone I have talked to says dont hang them on the wall because they wont sound as good. That true?
Yea those are the stands I was thinking of.

As for hanging them, it really only matters if the bass port is on the front or back. If its on the back (which the Monitor30s are rear ported) then you want to keep the speaker away from the wall by about 1 foot so the driver can properly vent. If it doesn't, the speaker will sound muddy and you will lose accuracy. If it's front ported, then it doesn't really matter but speaker positioning can make a difference in sound but I feel it's negligible as long as the bass port has room to properly vent.
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Yea those are the stands I was thinking of.

As for hanging them, it really only matters if the bass port is on the front or back. If its on the back (which the Monitor30s are rear ported) then you want to keep the speaker away from the wall by about 1 foot so the driver can properly vent. If it doesn't, the speaker will sound muddy and you will lose accuracy. If it's front ported, then it doesn't really matter but speaker positioning can make a difference in sound but I feel it's negligible as long as the bass port has room to properly vent.

I want to stay away from mounting on the wall, but I have been reading about speaker placement and most suggest mounting 2-3' about listeners head.

That just doesnt seem right to me.

I thought you wanted rears in a 5.1 to be on the side of you with the tweeter aimed at your ear..

I really appreciate you answering my questions.
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I want to stay away from mounting on the wall, but I have been reading about speaker placement and most suggest mounting 2-3' about listeners head.

That just doesnt seem right to me.

I thought you wanted rears in a 5.1 to be on the side of you with the tweeter aimed at your ear..

I really appreciate you answering my questions.
No problem, Dolby recommends having your rears above your head while having the front stage at ear level. Raising the rears is supposed to add ambiance.

Dolby 5.1 speaker placement
http://www.dolby.com/us/en/consumer/setup/connection-guide/home-theater-speaker-guide/select-config-5-1-txt.html

7.1 Speaker placement
http://www.dolby.com/us/en/consumer/setup/connection-guide/home-theater-speaker-guide/select-config-7-1-txt.html

THX Recommendations
http://www.thx.com/consumer/home-entertainment/home-theater/surround-sound-speaker-set-up/
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No problem, Dolby recommends having your rears above your head while having the front stage at ear level. Raising the rears is supposed to add ambiance.

Dolby 5.1 speaker placement
http://www.dolby.com/us/en/consumer/setup/connection-guide/home-theater-speaker-guide/select-config-5-1-txt.html

7.1 Speaker placement
http://www.dolby.com/us/en/consumer/setup/connection-guide/home-theater-speaker-guide/select-config-7-1-txt.html

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

Just above ear level should only 1' or less right?

sub woofer in the middle.. I have only seen that in dedicated home theater rooms. when viewing distance is greater than 12'
Edited by Jester435 - 3/7/13 at 10:00am
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Just above ear level should only 1' or less right?

Different manufacturers suggest different things, I think Denon said more than 1 foot pointed down for the 4 rears but I would trust Dolby. 6-12in over your ears is what I would do, i think you would be perfectly happy with 36in stands.
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Different manufacturers suggest different things, I think Denon said more than 1 foot pointed down for the 4 rears but I would trust Dolby. 6-12in over your ears is what I would do, i think you would be perfectly happy with 36in stands.

I will measure tonight and then order this weekend.

you think 16" stand are too tall for a desk?
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I will measure tonight and then order this weekend.

you think 16" stand are too tall for a desk?
Not really but I would prefer an 8-10in stand, you should have them at ear level.
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