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Welcome to the Shack!

A couple quick opinions here (we're full of them)...
- have fun reading through others project threads. You will glean so much information that your head will spin! Sometimes the smallest post will trigger some great thoughts.

- ideal speaker placement is tough... depends on your room and your speakers. Generally speaking, you want your front L/R to be equidistant from your display with the center smack dab in the middle. Assuming you can't do that (plasma set), put it immediately above/below and point it up/down to your seating area. Your front 3 speakers should be mounted at ear level if possible.

- surround speakers should be on the sides of the listening area, with the speakers not radiating directly at the listener (dipole/bipole). If you have direct radiating speakers (most typical "non-surround" speakers), put them behind your listeners as far away as possible. They are there for effect and realism - not to be overpowering the fronts.

- if you are looking for great speakers at a modest price (you don't state your budget) - check out Emotiva's ERM-1 - bookshelf speakers that are being discontinued. They are selling them at a great price of $149 apiece. I'd use 3 of them for LCR and a pair of their ERD-1s for surrounds. I have a pair of ERM-1s in my office and they are worth 10x the price. $750 would buy you an amazing set of speakers that would challenge most speakers you can buy (they've won numerous awards and their users (myself included) are very loyal). That said - they are 4 ohm speakers... not everything can drive them.

Good luck - have fun with your new hobby!
 

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hi steve - most likely your speakers are direct. the would be more likely bipolar/dipolar if there are speakers on 2 opposide (or near parallel) sides. If there are speakers on only 1 side - they are direct - you point them at the listener.

you say you have 5.1 but ask about a 6th speaker... did you buy another speaker? you'll need a processor that can handle 6 channels.

regarding the surrounds - yeah - if they are direct, you can place them behind and to the side, ear height (so like 4 and 8 pm on a clock). Keep them as far as reasonably possible, and make sure you do test tones to ensure they aren't overpowering the listener.

(note: i'm not an expert - this is my understanding :) )
 
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