Speaker placement for 5.1 surround. Recessed okay?

jarvinenJanuary 28, 2011

I'm about to frame in the basement wall where my home theater system will be mounted. I was thinking about framing a double wall so I can have a recessed TV. Would having recessed front speakers and subwoofer be okay? Or would that affect sound quality?

Also, my left/right speakers of my 5.1 system would be best placed above head level on the walls. Is this okay for sound quality?



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Most major brand televisions will, or at least used to, list requirements for recessed in-wall mounting. That would include the space needed above, below, and on the sides of the television for proper ventilation.

As far as speakers, the center can be wall mounted just below the screen and the FL & FR mounted at ear level height to the left & right of the screen on the front wall. You may have to do some trial & error on insulation behind the speakers for best sound quality. You may also wish to purchase FL & FR speakers with an adjustable internal mount for the speakers themselves to optimize direction.

For the sub-woofer, a doghouse type opening often works better where the sub sits on the floor directly and eliminates vibrations and rattles in the wall.

The rears should mount about 2-3 feet above ear level on the back wall near the corners. Again, adjustable wall mount speakers are helpful here as well.

Remember 5.1 speaker placement is very directional and is meant to bring the proper imaging to the viewer as was intended in the audio mix of the movie.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2011 at 3:46PM
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Having your left and right speakers recessed or wall mounted will affect sound staging and the imaging.

Have the level of the tweeters at seated ear level (about 40" off of the floor).

    Bookmark   February 14, 2011 at 11:33AM
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