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Old 03-11-02, 12:43 PM   #1
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Surround Speaker Height...What is Your Opinion?

I just purchased surrounds for my system and I am now trying to decide how tall of a stand to purchase for their placement. I'm curious to know everyone's opinions on the proper height for surrounds.

My mains are on 18" stands which put the tweeters very close to ear level when sitting. I believe if I get 24" stands for the surrounds those tweeters will be close to ear level, but part of the woofer will be obstructed by the back of the futon.

Here is what I'm using:

Marantz SR-7000
B&W 602 S2 mains
B&W CC6 S2 center
B&W 601 S2 rears

The mains are on 18" Sound Organisation stands and I can get a pair of 24" stands to match for the rears.

Your comments are appreciated.
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Old 03-11-02, 01:18 PM   #2
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IMHO, the higher the better.

Sounds like you cannot wall mount. I would have them at least as high as the mains and higher if possible.

Good luck.
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Old 03-11-02, 01:42 PM   #3
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IMHO, the higher the better.

Sounds like you cannot wall mount. I would have them at least as high as the mains and higher if possible.

Good luck.
Yeah, wall mounting is absolutely impossible and will be for sometime. Since I'm living in an apartment and most apartments in Chicago will have plaster walls I really don't want to hassle with wall mounting.
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Old 03-11-02, 03:04 PM   #4
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I have a pair of these stands for my surround speakers. They are really nice for the money.

They will also fit 12AWG cable in the pole to hide it!

http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/pshow...number=240-762
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Old 03-11-02, 03:34 PM   #5
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I just made sure the stands put the speakers over the height of the couch.
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Old 03-11-02, 03:56 PM   #6
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I think my surrounds are aimed slightly higher than my ears.
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Old 03-11-02, 05:35 PM   #7
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http://www.dolbydigital.com/ht/Guide....html#chapter3

hope it helps
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Old 03-11-02, 06:32 PM   #8
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I have my surrounds on the sides of the main listeing position, just slightly higher then ear level. I have found this gives the best results in the sweet spot, though for off axis viewing it is not the best.

I have my EX speakers mounted over head about 5-6 feet high above and behind the main listening position. This creates a more diffuse surround experience throughout the entire room, not just localized in one spot.

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Old 03-11-02, 08:34 PM   #9
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I have a pair of these stands for my surround speakers. They are really nice for the money.

They will also fit 12AWG cable in the pole to hide it!

http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/pshow...number=240-762
Thanks for the suggestion, but it looks like my speakers would overwhelm those stands. The B&W 601s are not a small speaker and some people use them as mains. Although the adjustable height would be nice.
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Old 03-11-02, 08:45 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the suggestions!

I'll narrow the question down now...

First, a few facts...

1) Wall mounting is not an option due to apt. lease and/or plaster walls.
2) A fairly significant (weight/sturdiness) is needed IMO for the B&W 601s

Thus, I will need to place the surrounds on stands. The main option, simply b/c I'm familiar with the stand, is use a 24" stand that places the tweeters at or slightly above ear level, but will result in the woofers partially obstructed by the back of the couch.

I'm a little leary of getting a stand much higher due to the size and weight of the 601s. So in everyone's opinion am I better off placing the surrounds on higher stands and sacrafice some stability or stick with the slightly obstructed set up?
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Old 03-11-02, 08:48 PM   #11
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http://www.dolbydigital.com/ht/Guide....html#chapter3

hope it helps
I have mine set up like this, ~3 feet above ear level. I put them on some DVD racks I got from Ikea (about 7"x7"x8') which I shortened a bit by cutting off from the bottom to get the proper height.
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Old 03-12-02, 04:13 PM   #12
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The ideal height for rear surround speakers is standing ear level.
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Old 03-12-02, 04:54 PM   #13
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The ideal height for rear surround speakers is standing ear level.
Maybe for CAP but not for me. I agree with Master J who said that "I have my EX speakers mounted over head about 5-6 feet high above and behind the main listening position. This creates a more diffuse[d] surround experience throughout the entire room, not just localized in one spot."

That's my preference too--a little higher.
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Old 03-12-02, 06:20 PM   #14
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Jpalm,

Since wall mounting is not an option, your best bet would be to get a decent set of speaker stands then try a few different positions and see what sounds best to you.

If you are just going for best sound in the sweet spot speakers directly on the side at ear height or a bit higher should give you the best results.

If you want a wider listening area, I would put the speakers behind the listening area and raised quite a bit.

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