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Hi,

I am about to change my mind (from Heco Victa speakers) and I'm going to match a Yamaha RX 473 receiver with either Tannoy Mercury V1 (fronts), VC(center) and VR(rears), as first choice, or, Q Acoustics 2020i (fronts), Q A 2020i Centre and QA 2010i (rears), as second option.

They will be set up in a small room (10x11 feet), the rears will be placed on the back wall(or on the sides), in the corners; listening position on a couch against the back wall, between the rears.

Which do you guys think I should go for, the Tannoys, or the Q Acoustics?
I have no possibility to listen to them first.
I will watch/listen about equally movies and music (symphonic, jazz, rock).

And if I'd go for the Tannoys(the rears are designed to be wall mounted), should I place the rears facing each other (in the corners) on the side walls, or facing the fronts (still on the corners), so on the back wall?

Thank you.
 

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A lot will depends on what you like in your music. Do you prefer detail in the high end; a sparkle or sizzle in your music. Do you lean more towards bass; a solid bottom end with some punch?

Personally I prefer the Tannoys because of their musicality. There is a bit of a trade off in this price range with a lack of solid deep bass but when run with a sub that isn't a problem. There smooth mids and good high end detail work for me.
 

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That's what I was thinking too. I do like to hear subtleties in music (especially symphonic concerts etc) but I don't mind at all getting that deep punch. A sub will definitively follow in about 2 months.

There is still the problem with the rears positioning. They will be wall hanged, but the listening position will be on a couch, right against the back wall. So I'm in doubt if to place them on the side walls, right in/near the corners, so facing directly to me while listening (and some 1 or even 2 feet above the ear level), or, to place them on the back wall, on that same position (so still in the corner) - in which case they will be facing directly to the fronts.

Someone told me that, being front ported, it may be better not to face my ears directly, because I may get some too bright sound, not to mention hiss etc.
But on the other hand, if the rears will face not me, but the fronts, wouldn't I lose part of the sounds coming from those (rear) speakers?
I reckon IPAO won't make a difference if the rears are faced towards the listening position between them(along the back wall), or towards the front of the room (the fronts) - as in both cases they will have about the same positioning, in the big picture. Or is IPAO smart enough to notice that?

I'm not sure I will be able to choose a middle way - so positioning them to face in diagonal, towards the centre speaker (difficult to hang them on the wall like that, need for stands, so a complication).

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Buy some surround speaker mounts that swivel. That way you can play with their positioning from directly at you, 90 degrees away from you and any point inbetween.
 
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