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Hi, I'm interested in buying some surround sound speakers. But, I have a few questions to begin with. First of all, I have an L-shaped desk. So, how would they sound if I placed them on the top shelves of my L-shaped desk? Next, I have another option. I could also mount them on the ceiling / wall. Would that work even better?

Please let me know if I missed any important details.

Thank you,

- Steve
post #2 of 10
wall is the best place. Keep the front speakers head level...the center can be either below or above the monitor...and the rears should be slightly above your head. Sub should be on the floor...off to the side. Preferrably in a corner, but not if it's too far away.
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post #3 of 10
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Hmm, how would I go about placing the front speakers? The only choice I'd have would be to put them on the top shelf. But that's like 1 foot above my head. Also, for the rear speakers, my only choice would be to mount them on the ceiling. Would that work?
post #4 of 10
no matter what you or where you put the speakers, you want them to be semetrical around you and you want to be in the middle of them all....

say if the front left is at the 10 o'clock positon and 4 feet away... then the front right should be at the 2 o'clock position and 4 feet away aswell.... and the sub should be placed in a corner of the room for best results too....
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post #5 of 10
the ceiling shouldn't be too bad. Just mount them off the ceiling with little thigns that will extend down a little so they aim at your head. For the fronts...can't you mount them on your wall? is there enough room under the shelf? That would be best to keep them down towards your head...or even on your desk. Don't forget that putting them right on your desk is definitely better than 1 foot above your head on a shelf.
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post #6 of 10
about the ceiling mounting... the only thing i would hae against it is if you geta weak or cheap system... it wont be loud enough to sound good from that far away... if you plan on that its gonna cost you atleast $280 usd for a powerful system such as Klipsch pro media 5.1 or the Gigaworks 7.1 from creative
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post #7 of 10
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Thanks, you two. Sideburns, yeah, I can mount them on the wall. I just thought that distance would be a problem, but it sounds like it won't be.

Edit:

Yep, I'm going to decide on one of those two. Thanks again!
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Thanks, you two. Sideburns, yeah, I can mount them on the wall. I just thought that distance would be a problem, but it sounds like it won't be.

Edit:

Yep, I'm going to decide on one of those two. Thanks again!
Distance? Man...you usually want them next to your monitor...how far is the distance to your wall behind your desk? lol...
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post #9 of 10
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Well, I have to mount the rears on the ceiling since the wall is about 10 feet behind me. :\\
post #10 of 10
I would go with 5.1 instead of 7.1. The 2 side channel speakers will be hard to place from what you are saying.
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