I'm hoping to get an idea of how many people prefer standing speakers versus wall mounted speakers for their surround. Also, any pros or cons for either? :scratchhead:
This is true but the newer movies use the surrounds far more than before and actually do get a good workout form time to time particularly if you have things set up to play at reference levels. so getting a good set of larger bookshelves is a better idea.My so called bookshelves have 10" drivers in them and can handle well over 200watts each.Cost being the main one. FUll sized towers cost a lot more and given the somewhat limited material they need to produce I don't see the benifit of spending the extra $. Unless of course you have a really big room and play things really loud and need the extra capacity of floor standers.
This is the number one reason for mounting the surrounds up higher than ear level, the surround channels are meant to be used to "fill" the room with the ambient sounds that you would normally hear if you were there, seldom do sounds come directly from one location and are reflections of the sound so placement is key.Ambiance- I have direct radating speakers. I find that placing them above head level (mine may even be a bit high with the tweeters roughly 3 feet over my head) causes them to be harder to locate and thus make a more envloping sound field.
Indeed, very perceptive. There are some nice speakers out there but I noticed that some manufacturers don't have wall mounted surrounds, ergo the reason for my post.I'm thinking Bob_99 is looking to buy some new speakers???.....
If you did find some speakers that you liked that were just too big to be wall mounted, could you build a shelf to place them on?I'm in the opposite situation where wall mounted works well for me but if I find speakers that I like and wall mounted is not an option, I guess I could redo my layout but it would be difficult.
I was meaning large bookshelfs that are too heavy for small wall mounts, or too akward looking. Depending on the application, building a shelf may work.Generally floor standers are not designed to be mounted on a shelf or wall as some are ported to the rear or are simply to heavy. They also are designed to sit on a floor and by placing them on a shelf or wall you will change how they sound usually for the worse.
I fully agree larger so called "bookshelves" can work, My Mission 762i's are front ported and are very heavy (65lbs) and work well hung from the brackets I have.I was meaning large bookshelfs that are too heavy for small wall mounts, or too akward looking. Depending on the application, building a shelf may work.