Small Guide to Home Entertainment

7.1 Speaker Layout


If you have an AV receiver with the ability to decode Dolby TrueHD and/or DTS-HD, and you are playing 7.1 discrete content, then you will want to separate the back surround speakers to produce a 60 degree angle from the main listening location.


Full-HD Display Setup

To determine the best seat-to-screen distance for a projection screen or HDTV in a dedicated home theater, we recommend dividing the diagonal screen by .84. For example, an HDTV display with a 65-inch screen divided by .84 equals a 77-inch viewing distance (6.5 feet).

If your HDTV is going in a living room with limited space, we recommend the following set-up:

35 inch class TV = 3.5-5 feet away
40 inch class TV = 4-6 feet away
50 inch class TV = 5-7.5 feet away
60 inch class TV = 6-9 feet way

It might seem that we are recommending a very large screen size for your room. But it’s important to note two things:
1) screen size recommendations are based on recreating an immersive cinematic experience in your living room or home theater, and
2) the biggest consumer complaint about HDTV purchases is that they wish they had gone bigger.


You will also want to make sure that each viewer has a clear site line to the display. Try not to place the display too high on the wall - viewers should not have to look up more than 15 degrees.


We hope you enjoy your setup!

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