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Another newbie help thread....

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I apologize for the most likely redundant thread, but didn't want to step on someone else's possibly resulting in confusing advice by switching layout, etc in the middle....that being said. I've posted this elsewhere, but in case you didn't read that thread recently....here goes.

Contemporary style house, vaulted ceilings (~20'). Living room is ~20x23'. Hardwood floors, etc. This picture is of before we started doing any work to it.

TV in the corner it's going to live in (ya...i know Vizio is a cheap brand...but i like it and it was all i could afford...also, the stand will most likely get replaced at some point).

And looking from the TV outwards:

Now that you've seen that...I tried to do up a quasi-schematic of my living room and slapped speakers where i think they should go based on the room and where everything got set up (ignore the watermark...downloaded the trial....right rear speaker is under the r in trial)

What are your thoughts on placement? The TV has to go where it is. My basic thoughts are:

Left Front - over the double officer doors
Center - over the TV, but centered on the couch
Right Front - to the right of the fireplace, up next to the beam
Rear Surround - sorta like in the diagram...really don't know


Also, would you recommend using any of these?

For the rear speakers....use a plate like this or just feed through a small hole and leave it like that? Is there some sort of "wall boot" i can put down to make the hole not so raw (like it was cut out & left there)?

Thanks in advance for all your help!!!
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My suggestion is the same as the previous posts ...

Diagram Line

P.S.: The speaker on the back corner is if you want to use a 6.1 or 7.1 system ...:bigsmile:
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For the front LCR....stands or find a place mounted higher? They're currently on stands, but my stands aren't tall enough to get the center above the TV. ..
They will sound better at ear level (30"-38" from floor) ... but if you place them higher/lower, just point them (downward or upward) to ear level. It is recommended that the distance between L+R and C tweeters be between 18"-24" for a better transition between them :yes:

You can use a shelf if possible, or place the center under the TV ... or you can DIY some stand too :yes:

... And yes...eventually i'll move into a 6.1 or 7.1 system...just dunno if it'll be next week or next year...
I understand, we upgrade whenever we can, Right??? :bigsmile:
...would you recommend the same rules apply for the rear speakers? ...
No, the surrounds has to be above ear level (they're used to fill the room with the effects on the movies); I think is recommended 2'-3' feet above ear level (mine are at 7' from floor) :yes:

Here is another link from DTS regarding speaker placement/set up :T
... Now I gotta figure out how to fish the wire through the garage :p
Which wires??? ... please explain, maybe we can help :yes:
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