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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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I would suggest placing the speakers as symmetrically as possible, so put the LCR all near the TV, and shift the surrounds around so that they are centered on the corner of the room. Your layout obviously forces some compromises, but you can make it work. Even a bad surround setup is better than TV speakers, IMO.

On the wall plate, you might entertain the thought of just getting a blank faceplate, drilling a hole in the middle, and running the cable direct to the speaker. You can always get a faceplate with binding posts later if you desire. I personally would not use any kind of spring-tensioned connector.

Do you know what speakers you're going to be using?

And Google Sketchup is a good program for drawing room layouts, freeware.
I believe you get a more realistic sound coming "out of the screen" if they're mounted at or near the height of the display. But it's not necessarily true. Try to keep them at or near the same height with respect to each other. Experimenting will tell you what is best in your situation.
Check this out. I would recommend putting the surrounds higher than ear level, but again, experiment. Use boxes or whatever for temporary stands to try it out.
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