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    Default Newbie question - aiming surrounds

    I have set up a new HT with Onkyo TX-SR706 Receiver feeding Polk RM8 all arround in 7.1 & Polk PSW111 sub. Samsung LN52A750 LCD & and Samsung BD-P2500 Blu-ray.
    OK..the money is all gone now........on to setting it up.

    My room dims are approximately 12'-8" Wide by 17'-2" Long with vaulted ceiling at 10'4" height running the length of the room on right channel side.

    Center and fronts are placed on the top of a 60"W X 20"D X 25"H TV Stand with the 52" LCD wall mounted with bottom edge of the LCD 6" above the stand.
    The wall mounted satelites are mounted high on the walls (due to constraints in running wires through the walls) at follows: The surround right and back right are both at approx. 8' high and the surround left and back left are at approx. 7'-4" high.
    I had read recommendations to have the surrounds and backs at 2-3' above ear level so I decided to tilt my surronds and backs approx 17 degree downward resulting in the centerline of each passing over the primary listening position about 30" above ear level.
    I would appreciate comments from those of you with more experience as I need assureance I have done a good job.
    Thanks in advance!
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    Experiment, experiment, experiment!
    That's what i've been learning, that's how you'll figure out what sounds best for you.

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    As Metal said, you have to experimentto see what sounds best. In a perfect world you would want everything about ear level allaround pointed right at your nugget, but as we all know that is hardly ever possible. I will include a lonk to Dolby igital's website for their "reccomended" 5.1 and 7.1 speaker layout/setup guide. Good luck and good choice on the receiver, lol I have the 806. Oh and welcome to Club Polk.
    HT Rig
    Receiver- Onkyo TX-SR806
    Mains- Polk Audio Monitor 70
    Center- Polk Audio CS2
    Surrounds- Polk Audio TSi 500's :D
    Sub- Polk Audio PSW125
    Retired- Polk Audio Monitor 40's
    T.V.- 60" Sony SXRD KDS-60A2000 LCoS
    Blu-Ray- 80 GB PS3

    2 CH rig (in progress)
    Polk Audio Monitor 10A's

    It's not that I'm insensitive, I just don't care.. :D

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    I have my back surrounds at 7.5 ft high, pointing about 1 foot over my head where I sit. After testing different angles, that worked best.
    Nice setup - TV/Audio yo've got there!

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    Don, as metal83 says experiment. I have seen a lot of confusion as of late about Dolby's recommendations. While the link that wutadumsn23 supplied visually shows the rears and surrounds at ear level seated, Dolby also says they should be above ear level.
    (see speaker placement tips)
    Since audio gear, room acoustics, possible placement locations and peoples hearing/taste differ, metal83 nailed it on the head.

    The mounting you described sounds like a very good starting point, from there it's all about the experimenting and what sounds best to you.

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