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Lets say you have limited room space and you can't get your rear speakers behind you. How would you recommend setting up a 5.1 set?

(I'm asking because my main system is in the bedroom).

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don't go by me(notice i'm asking questions too) but i've heard that you can just put them(rear channel) on either side of you.
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Lets say you have limited room space and you can't get your rear speakers behind you. How would you recommend setting up a 5.1 set?

(I'm asking because my main system is in the bedroom).

Thanks!
I used to have my 5.1 in my bedroom and I put the surrounds on the night stands flanking my bed. It worked out nice and since the nightstands were a little higher than my bed it worked out nicely since nothing was in the way. It might not be ideal, but it was the best that I could do at the time. Here is a pic of how it looked.

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post #33 of 47
That setup looks nice, but the way the room is arranged, it's not exactly possible. My desk wraps around like an "L" shape. I've always had my fronts next to the monitor and the rears facing my sides. But it's never truly had the surround sound feel.
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There is no such thing as a 2.1 speaker set, even if there's a sub woofer on a 2.0 pair. That's because it still only uses two channels, left and right, and borrows the low end from those, as compared to having it's own channel in 5.1 up.
They made a few models with the satellites and the sub as a separate channel. To use the sub without the sub out it came with a y adapter so you could hook it up in any sound card.
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with woofer facing out right?
It doesn't always sound the best like that. If you have the sub on one side and the port 90 degrees, it helps a lot with cancellation.
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Lets say you have limited room space and you can't get your rear speakers behind you. How would you recommend setting up a 5.1 set?

(I'm asking because my main system is in the bedroom).

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Put them as close as you can to the rear of you. If not, your imaging is going to be off, things that should be behind you are going to be beside you.
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I used to have my 5.1 in my bedroom and I put the surrounds on the night stands flanking my bed. It worked out nice and since the nightstands were a little higher than my bed it worked out nicely since nothing was in the way. It might not be ideal, but it was the best that I could do at the time. Here is a pic of how it looked.

Pardon the expression, but that's just about dead nuts how it should be
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The sound was a lot better in my bedroom than in the current living room. I had to make a trade off and allowing more than just me and a girl enjoy a movie won. Right now I have a sofa and 2 recliners in between the surrounds. I tried moving the sofa away from the back wall but there is not much that I can do. I do miss the impact of my svs in that 10'x12' room. That picture is old too, it doesn't show my matching nautilus center speaker
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Again, for those who say putting it in the corner is good, you're getting resonance from the wall. It's not the cleanest sound.

Avoid Sitting Up Against the Wall-
Bass waves build up and "hang out" at room boundaries (walls). Your system will sound thick and heavy when your listening chair is up against a wall. If you must sit against the wall because of furniture layout, turn down the volume of the subwoofer a bit to compensate.

For those who don't believe me, some more reading materials:

http://www.bryston.ca/newsletters/57_files/vol5is7.html

http://www.polkaudio.com/education/article.php?id=20

What I quoted was from polk audio.
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You're right. Positives should be hooked up to positive, negative should be hooked up to negative for speaker terminals

...you guys don't have to worry about wiring it in wrong,
Not necessarily. There's nothing wrong with pos to neg, so long as all the connections are made the same. That takes care of phasing (ie, all the speaker cones in the system will be moving in the same direction when reproducing the upper half of a sound wave.

Then there's "absolute" phase. In which the top half of a sound wave in the source (the CD/game, mp3, etc) causes the speaker cone to extend. It is possible to have correct phasing (ie all the cones moving together) , but incorrect absolute phase (ie, all the cones moving out when reproducing the top half of the sound wave in the source material).

That's The reason for the "battery test". It is an absolute check that positive current will cause the speaker cone to extend. Touch the positive terminal of the battery to the speaker wire (disconnected at the amplifier) while gently placing a finger on the speaker cone. The cone should extend (and stay extended) while the battery is connected.

It's also a great way to check and "homemade" wiring for correct phase.
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