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Above the head helps to minimize height related modal issues that are very common in 7.5-8' ceilings. The reflections are more for focusing the soundstage and minimizing smearing of the verticals.

They're not an either/or thing - just different.

I the acoustic center of the speaker is within a few inches of your seated ear height, then 1/2 way between your seats and the speakers is the reflections. Stretch a string from each seat to center of each speaker. Go 1/2 down the string and then straight up.

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I was just trying to help you visualize what to do. But, yes, what you're describing is correct. You'll have a point on the ceiling for each seat, from each speaker on the ceiling. I was just trying to clarify that it's the angular distance from your ears to each speaker center.

A tape measure works just fine too. I've seen guys get 2 laser pointers, set 1 straight up on the front edge of the speaker and 1 on a block in the seat pointing straight up. Use a tape between the 2 laser dots and mark the 1/2 way point.

Note: This all assumes that the acoustic center of the speaker is within 6" or so of the height of your ears when seated.

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