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Speaker placement for home theater

5.1, 7.1 and other surround sound setups

Joshua honed his knowledge of home audio/video gear during an 8-year stint as a Crutchfield Advisor. He can talk tech with the best of them, but he lives for the emotional experience of music. He brings that outlook to his writing, and to his side gigs as a folk guitar player. He stays active by chopping firewood and exploring our national parks.

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How you arrange your home theater speakers has a big impact on how your system sounds. Proper speaker placement can elevate an average-sounding system to an elite home theater experience.

In this article we’ll show you where to place your speakers to get the best performance. And we’ll tackle some common room challenges that often get in the way of lifelike sound. Whether you have a new speaker system or just want to get more out of your existing gear, we can help.

Front left and right speakers

You want your front left and right speakers to focus their sound field at your listening position. Angle your speakers slightly towards the seat that’s directly in front of the TV. The tweeters should be at ear level when you’re seated.

Have some fun with your listening! Play around with how far your speakers are from the wall. The closer they get, the more that bass is reinforced. That can be good to a degree. But your overall sonic performance can improve if your speakers are pulled away from the wall. Try a few different positions to see what delivers the best results.

Front speaker placement

Angling your front speakers towards you locks in tight, accurate sound at your seating position.

Center channel speaker

Place your center channel right above or below your TV, and line it up with the midpoint. If possible, tilt it to direct the sound to ear level. Here are some center channel shelves that go above your TV if you don’t have a shelf available.

Surround speakers

Your surround speakers can be placed on speaker stands, or you can mount them to the wall. To keep your wires and cables neat and clean, check out our room-friendly tips.

5.1 surround sound

In a 5.1 system, your surround speakers are best placed to the left and right of your listening position. Aim them directly towards you for the best sound. If side placement isn't practical, place your surround speakers a few feet behind your listening position and face them forward. You’ll want your surrounds one to two feet above ear level to get the best sound effects.

5.1 surround sound speaker placement

Place your surround speakers 1 to 2 feet above ear level for immersive special effects.

7.1 surround sound

In a 7.1 system, surround speakers are positioned beside and behind your seating area. Just like in a 5.1 setup, the side speakers are placed to the left and right of your seating position and face directly towards you. The rear speakers are positioned behind you, facing forward. Position both pairs of speakers one to two feet above ear level for best performance.

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A 7.1 system utilizes side and rear surrounds. Direct each speaker towards you for wraparound sound.

Subwoofer

Since bass frequencies are omnidirectional, you have flexibility where your subwoofer goes. Placing your subwoofer near a wall will generally result in more bass. Placement near a corner where three room boundaries come together will get you even more.

Most people put their sub in the front of the room, so that it’s easier to connect it to their home theater receiver. If running a cable to where your sub sounds the best is impractical, use a wireless subwoofer kit.

Subwoofer placement

Placing your subwoofer near a wall reinforces bass. Corner placement delivers even more low-end punch.

Add a second sub for better bass

Using two subs improves bass distribution by filling in gaps where bass response may be weak. A second sub also provides more impactful dynamics and greater system headroom.

The layout of your room will determine where the second sub should be placed. Some rooms get the best results by having a sub in each of the front corners of the room. Others get more even bass distribution from having one sub in the front of the room, and the other in the back. Try a few different arrangements to see where you get the best bass in your room.

Once you've got your subwoofer(s) in place, check out our home theater subwoofer setup article for tips on getting deep, room-filling bass.

A two subwoofer system

Add a second subwoofer for more evenly-distributed bass in your room.

Tips for odd-shaped rooms

Not every room will easily accommodate a surround sound system. Ideal speaker locations may be taken up by doors, windows, or furniture. And some floor plans are notoriously tricky. Use the system layouts shown below to get the best sound in these challenging rooms.

L-shaped room
TV in a corner
Open floor plan

If you have a room that doesn't naturally lend itself to surround sound, consider using a high-end sound bar or a 3.1 system. A 3.1 system uses a left, right, and center channel along with a powered subwoofer to create a dynamic front soundstage. These systems are often better options than putting surround speakers where they are in the way, or look strange.

Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X

You can set up a Dolby Atmos or DTS:X system with in-ceiling speakers or Dolby Atmos enabled upward-firing speakers. An Atmos system starts with a conventional 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound speaker setup. Then you add two or four speakers to project sound that rains down from above the listening position.

DTS:X works with any traditional surround system. Simply arrange your speakers to best fit your space. Then let your receiver’s auto-calibration and object-based surround processor sort out the details. It will determine where to best send dialogue and sound effects.

For specifics on where to place your Dolby Atmos speakers, check out Dolby's speaker setup guide. For tips on where to install your overhead speakers, check out our in-ceiling speaker placement guide.

Don’t worry about perfection

The good news is that you don’t need to find the “perfect spot” for each speaker. Many home theater receivers offer automatic speaker calibration that takes care of things for you.

An included microphone gets placed in your seating positions. It listens to test tones that are played through each speaker at different volume levels. The receiver is then able to compensate for less-than-perfect placement by automatically adjusting timing, output level, and equalization for each speaker.

Watch our short video to see how this works.

Let us help you get started

If you’re still choosing your equipment, check out our guide to home theater speakers.

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Last updated December 07, 2016
  • Jason from Calgary

    Posted on 4/26/2015 5:05:21 AM

    Unless I mount the surround speakers (5.1 setup) on the ceiling, I would have to have about one 3 more feet away from the prime seating area than the other. Is this a big deal? Or do I just tell the amp the distance and it can adjust OR let the auto calibration figure it out? Thx.

  • Dave Bar from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/27/2015 8:23:05 AM

    Having one of your surround sound speakers 3 feet further away from your primary listening position than the other shouldn't be a big problem. If you manually calibrate your receiver with the distance that will take care of the timing/sound delay. But you'll also need to use an SPL meter to compensate for volume. If your system has auto calibration, I'd just go ahead and run the setup and be done with it.

  • Michael from UK

    Posted on 5/1/2015 9:00:19 AM

    I will have a corner TV setup so your guide has been really helpful. One question, I will have 2 sofas at right angles to each other so, when I come to do calibration should I base it on a middle point between them to get a balanced setup?

  • Dave Bar from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/1/2015 11:59:00 AM

    Michael, if you're receiver allows for only one measurement location with its auto-calibration microphone, then I would place it at the midpoint between the two sofas. Or, if you're likely to be the only viewer much of the time, then I would place the mic in your favorite primary listening spot.

    If your receiver's auto-calibration system allows for multiple measurement locations, then I would take advantage of that feature by placing the mic in all possible listening positions for the best overall performance. Remember, auto calibration is not foolproof. Sometimes tweaking the settings by ear can still result in a more pleasing overall effect. Go with what sounds best to you.

  • Charlie Baltz from Hawaii

    Posted on 6/17/2015 8:21:21 PM

    Which is correct? Subwoofers elevated off the floor for optimum performance or on the floor???????

  • Dave Bar from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/18/2015 11:11:21 AM

    Michael, I'm not sure I would recommend moving your surround sound speakers to the front of your room since doing that will compromise your system's ability to play surround effects. But if you must, I suppose you could still use your receiver's "Surround" speaker outputs. The Denon offers a number of listening mode options that you could experiment with to see what works best for you.

    Charlie, I'm not aware of any hard and fast rule that states a subwoofer must be elevated or planted on the floor for optimum performance. Of course, common sense would dictate that down-firing subs are generally designed to be placed directly on the floor, and elevated sufficiently by their footers or spikes for the driver to operate properly. But other than that, I believe optimum sub location is dictated more by the room, and varies according to circumstances. We do carry a couple of interesting products by Auralex, the SubDude-HT, and the the SubDude-II isolation platforms, that are designed to slightly elevate and isolate you sub. You may want to give one of those a try if you're curious to experiment with your sub's placement.

  • Jason from United States

    Posted on 7/14/2015 2:41:35 PM

    I want to put a 5.1 system in my open floor plan den...4 surround speakers, one center channel, one sub...the 4 surrounds will definitely go in-ceiling, but if at all possible, can I put the center channel in the ceiling too? I am unable (wife won't let me) to in-wall mount a center speaker under the TV, so my only 2 options are getting a boxed center channel speaker that will sit on the TV console below the wall mounted TV or put the center channel speaker in the ceiling and point the tweeter towards the listener. Would the center channel speaker in the ceiling work well?

  • January from Bremen IN

    Posted on 7/14/2015 4:28:06 PM

    I have a reclining chair and a corner couch against the back and side walls of my living room and I primarily sit in the reclining chair against a side wall but I have no idea where to position my speakers so that i get great sound without my guests that are sitting on the couch getting bad sound. Any tips?

  • Dave Bar from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/15/2015 11:29:00 AM

    Jason, We carry quite a few in-ceiling speakers with pivoting tweeters/midranges that would work just fine as a center channel. In terms of overall sonic performance, a conventional boxed center channel speaker placed under the TV will probably be more effective at anchoring dialogue and sound effects to the screen.

    January, I'm afraid this a case of having your cake and eating it, too. In other words, you can't really have it both ways. Most speakers provide a relatively small window of optimum sound, and the farther outside that window you are, the less ideal the sound becomes. One thing I have observed, however, is the farther away you are from your speakers, the larger that window becomes. Placing your speakers as far away as possible from your room's multiple listening positions may help some. Also, if you have a receiver with auto calibration that measures sound from multiple listening positions in your room, be sure to place the calibration microphone at different points on the couch, as well as on your recliner.

  • john youmans from HOWELL NJ

    Posted on 7/23/2015 10:46:34 PM

    I just purchased in-wall speakers from you guys for my home theater. What height should I set them at in the wall?

  • Dave Bar from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/24/2015 11:47:07 AM

    Thanks, John! We appreciate your business. I'm sure your speakers will come with some mounting instructions and recommendations. And as soon as you receive your invoice number, just give our Tech Department a call for some specific one-on-one advice.

  • Dean from Bel Air

    Posted on 8/7/2015 8:23:38 PM

    I have a 7.1 channel surround system and my surrounds (4) are all ceiling type. Two of these four ceiling speakers are slightly larger than the other two. My question is, where do the larger ones go? Should they be placed in the front/side position or more in the back? Up until recently, in a 7.1 system I was under the impression the "5" speakers were on the front/side and the "7" would be behind but I was recently told otherwise. Now I'm not sure where I should place the larger speakers; behind me or in front/side (all overhead of course). Thanks in advance.

  • Dave Bar from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/10/2015 10:23:39 AM

    Dean, If you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help setting up your system. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • Jason from Graham

    Posted on 8/22/2015 2:04:43 AM

    Hi, great guide! I recently upgraded my 7.1 speaker setup (thanks Crutchfield!) except the side surrounds. Those are next but if I don't get the same size as the rear surrounds, would I benefit more from having larger speakers for the rear or side surrounds? Would it make any difference? Do movies tend to output more to the rear or side surrounds? Thanks!

  • Dave Bar from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/24/2015 10:27:04 AM

    Thanks, Jason. In general, most movie soundtracks tend to output more sound from the surround (or, side surround) channels than they do from the back surround (or, rear surround channels). For best results, I like using identical surround and back surround speakers whenever possible. But, if I found myself with a larger and smaller pair, I would probably put the larger pair in the side surround position since they could likely handle more output more easily.

  • paul from tahoe, CA

    Posted on 9/15/2015 2:04:21 PM

    I'd like to see more information/recommended use on dipole speakers. I currently use dipole for surrounds on sides and rear, 7' off the ground. 25' x 25' room. with listening area a little off center but not too bad. Am upgrading to 7.1.2 for dts:X and Atmos and wondering about the dipoles.

  • Dave Bar from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/16/2015 9:57:26 AM

    Paul, I can't recall seeing anything in the Dolby or DTS playbook about the use of dipole/bipole speakers in an Atmos or DTS:X system. But since the height-channel speakers for either of these two formats operate independently from the "base" 5.1- or 7.1-channel speakers (and your receiver's processor and room calibration system have already taken into account that you are using dipoles), I don't believe you should have any issues using them for Atmos or DTS:X.

  • John from Burlington

    Posted on 9/24/2015 10:52:30 AM

    Awesome article, with some great information, thank you! I currently have an L-Shaped room with an almost identical layout to what you have shown in the example above. To avoid intrusive drywall work (fully finished space) it would be easiest for me to place my Right speaker at the inside corner of the "L" (closer to the seating) with the Left directly across from it (above where you currently show the Sub). I would likely still keep the Center speaker below my projection screen, although it would be easier again if I could pull that closer to the seating. Reason being, there is a bulkhead running across the room from that "elbow" where the Right speaker would go, so it makes fishing cable easier. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the location of these R and L speakers. Thanks for maintaining such an informative site!

  • Dave Bar from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/25/2015 9:44:21 AM

    John, Although placing the speakers where you describe may be less than ideal, as long as you or your receiver's auto room calibration system take into account their distances and angles from your listening position when setting up your system, I imagine it should sound pretty good. The closer you can get your center channel speaker to the screen, the better. But once again, if you must move it closer to the listening position, be sure the distance is correctly dialed into your surround processor to avoid sync issues and other sonic weirdness.

  • Michael

    Posted on 9/27/2015 12:19:12 AM

    Dave, What are your thoughts on subs under couches, or behind furniture? I originally put the sub (5.75" down-facing driver) between the couch and the love chair across the room from the TV, but it sounded boomy. I blame this on my room set up - one long, skinny urban loft with cement floors and ceilings. So, I placed the sub midway between the satellite speakers under the couch. Actually, it's a futon so it has a more open back and air behind it against the wall. I put some rugs against the wall and floor around it, and it's tightened up the sound. However, I'm not sure if this placement is one that results in muddier sound. Any suggestions? (Note: the sub must be placed on the listener's side of the room with the satellite speakers as those 3 all hook up together)

  • Dave Bar from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/27/2015 12:18:27 PM

    Michael, Even though the long-wavelength, low frequencies coming from subwoofers tend to "bend" around obstacles such as furniture, I still prefer to place them out in the open to avoid any possible interference with their sound (especially smaller subs like yours, which tend to reproduce higher frequencies that are more adversely affected by such obstructions).

    My recommendation? Trust your ears, and just keep doing what you're doing. Experiment with placement until it sounds right to you. You may also want to try something like the Auralex subwoofer isolation platform to help tighten up the sound.

  • Indy Cheuk from Hong Kong

    Posted on 10/2/2015 3:47:32 AM

    I am planning to upgrade my system to Atmos 5.1.2. Front and in-ceiling speakers are total fine in placement, the problem comes from my surround speakers. According to Dolby's recommended placement, surround speakers should be placed just behind the listening position and range from 90 to 110 degree (from the center line). But I can only place them a bit further in the back and creating an angle of 135 degree. Will it be a big issue? And should I point the surround speakers directly pointing to the listening position OR else? Thanks!!! PS. I will place both Front Left / Right and Surround Left / Right at ear level to cope with Atmos setup.

  • Dave Bar from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/2/2015 10:31:38 AM

    Indy, Almost no one has a room that allows a "perfect" setup. Your receiver's calibration/room correction processing will compensate to a great extent for less than ideal surround speaker placement. I think you should be just fine. If your surrounds are a point source design, such as bookshelf or small satellite speakers, I recommend aiming them towards your main listening position.

  • Travis from Houston

    Posted on 10/26/2015 5:01:52 PM

    Hello Dave, I am putting together a home theater currently. The front and back speakers are pre-wired for surround sound but in the ceiling. I plan on utilizing towers and a center channel for the front setup and the back ceiling speakers for the LRS/RRS in a 7.2 setup I was thinking of putting the L/R surround sounds on stands. My theater seats will take up the width of the room nearly (and be close to the rear wall), so the only option would be to place them in front of the seating and angled towards the seated position. Would the difference in height between the side and rears be an issue and more importantly, would the side surround sounds lose the surround functionality if placed in front of the seated position?

  • Dave Bar from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/27/2015 12:17:39 PM

    Hi Travis, While placing your back surround and surround speakers at the same height is usually preferred, I don't think it would be a deal breaker to have one in-ceiling set and one stand-mounted set in a 7.2 system. Same goes for positioning the surrounds forward of the main listening area. You may want to play with the toe-in angle of your surrounds to balance out the sound between them and your front speakers. Otherwise, the DSP calibration and room correction on your receiver or preamp/processor should help compensate for the less-than-ideal placement.

  • Niles from Middlebor, MA

    Posted on 12/31/2015 3:24:30 PM

    I have a Denon AVR-X5200W currently configured with 5.1. I am looking to expand to 7.1 and then 11.1 in the future. For the 7.1 setup most recommend that the two SRB speaker be with 135 - 150 degrees of the listening position. Unfortunately one of the SRB speakers is going to land dead middle in a door way at 150 degrees. 135 degrees is not much better as it lands right on the edge of that same door way. If I was to move the SRB speakers outside of the recommended range of 135 - 150 degrees am I losing anything by doing so? If not, on which side of this range is better? Niles

  • Dave Bar from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/4/2016 9:26:15 AM

    Niles, you may lose some accuracy by going outside the recommended range (how much exactly is hard to say because of room anomalies), but it's still worthwhile to install those SRB speakers. If I had to choose locations, I'd likely go to the 150+ degree zone. I've heard a number of systems with the surround back speakers directly behind the main listening position, and they worked just fine.

  • Ven

    Posted on 1/11/2016 10:56:39 AM

    For optimal movie experience, Should one really consider raising the side and rear surround speakers 2-3 ft "above" the ear level instead of having the tweeters just at the ear level? How about listening to music? I recently got Infinity Primus p363 towers for fronts and side surrounds as a part of a 5.1 system. The tweeters are just at ear level (as expected from floorstanders). The room is big enough that I am 6 to 7 ft from the surrounds in my prime listening position. I tried raising the p363 'side' towers 2ft above the ground to see if I can improve the 'surround feel', but I felt the listening experinece in fact is worse. I am wondering if I am better off having Primus p163 bookshelves instead of the 363s on the side so that I can raise the surround speakers to a more optimum level (much higher ?). But then I have to find the right stands or wall-mount the bookshelves at the same time sacrificing the quality of sound provided by p363s. Is the effort worth it? Also, is it a good idea to 'voice match' the center with Infinity Primus pc351 instead of the Polk CS10 I currently have? Thanks.

  • Dave Bar from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/12/2016 10:10:27 AM

    Ven, I use wall-mounted bookshelf speakers for my surrounds. They too, are approximately 6-7 feet from my listening position, and placed about 2 feet above ear level. This works well for me, and I've had it set up this way for quite some time. But every room and system is different, so your mileage may vary. Since you said you have just recently set this system up, I would suggest giving yourself time to acclimate to the way it sounds before making big changes.

    Voice matching with like speakers and brands is still considered the gold standard for surround sound. I expect you would get excellent results by switching out your current center with the Infinity Primus PC351.

  • Nick from Pittsburgh

    Posted on 1/19/2016 7:00:07 PM

    Hello! This is my first time setting up a surround system and everything is great except one small problem. I currently have a 5.1 surround system with 5 satellite speakers and a subwoofer. It is a fairly entry level setup with the pioneer VSX-830-K as my reciver. Everything works great except for the fact that my two back surround speakers can only be placed at ear level while sitting and they are directly to the sides of my seating area, after auto calibration to me this creates a fairly stereo experience where I can't hear much from the surround speakers since they are blasting right into my seating position. Is there a way I could compensate for this by pointing the speakers either slightly ahead or behind me since that is all the room I have ? Any help would be appreciated!

  • Dave Bar from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/20/2016 9:19:22 AM

    Hi Nick. As I read your comment, I thought I was beginning to understand your situation, but then when you said "I can't hear much from the surround speakers since they are blasting right into my seating position", you sort of lost me. So here's my take on what I think you could do. If your surround speakers sound too loud because of their close proximity to your listening position, you can simply go into your receiver's menu system, find the speaker level settings, and turn the surrounds down until they sound more in balance with your front speakers. Auto calibration systems are helpful, but not always totally accurate or in-line with the preferences of the listener. And as you mentioned, you can also try aiming your surround speakers away from your ears to reduce their level. My suggestion, relax, experiment, and enjoy.

  • Steve Denkov from Naperville, IL

    Posted on 1/26/2016 9:32:00 AM

    Hi, I have a pair of sr8080 bp and another one of sr8040 bp. Which pair would you recommend to be for surround (sides), and which for the surround back (behind the listening position)? Thank you Steve

  • Dave Bar from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/26/2016 10:52:32 AM

    Hi Steve, Since back surround speakers usually have less information sent to them, I would be inclined to place the smaller SR-8040BP speakers in that location. The larger, more robust SR-8080BPs can better handle the task of being your side surround speakers, so I would place them there.

  • Joe from kansas city

    Posted on 2/4/2016 12:16:46 PM

    I currently have 7.1 setup. with 6,7 being side height placement top of wall near ceiling angled down toward listener . I just upgraded my receiver that includes Dolby Atmos and DTS:X . in your opinion can I stay with my current configuration or should i switch the 2 side height channels to ceiling mount speakers to take advantage of the new technology. I am just little concerned if I change to ceiling speakers something will be lost during playback of 7.1 Dolby Digital which is much more main stream.

  • Dave Bar from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/4/2016 4:18:10 PM

    Joe, we are still treading in relatively new territory here. My instincts tell me that your current setup will probably function well (though perhaps not optimally) with Atmos/DTS:X. My advice, give yourself some time to acclimate to the sound (say, a month or two). If you find that you need to change things to get what you're looking for, I believe that in-ceiling speakers could work well without losing much if any performance in standard 7.1 surround mode.

  • Nick from Newington, CT

    Posted on 2/23/2016 10:00:29 PM

    I have micro center channel and front side speakers but don't have too much space on the right side because of some built in shelving. Is it ok if the side speakers are only 2 ft away from the center channel or is it recommended they are further away from the center? Would that be too narrow a span? Thanks

  • Dave Bar from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/25/2016 9:46:41 AM

    Nick, While two feet is a bit close to place your right and left speakers from the center channel speaker (no doubt you'll lose some sonic depth, separation, and sound effects), I see no reason why it shouldn't work just fine. When it comes to our listening rooms, sometimes we just have to play the cards we're dealt.

  • Rick

    Posted on 3/1/2016 1:05:07 PM

    Hello Dave, thank you for responding to these comments. This information has been extremely helpful, and your responsiveness is very polite. I just dropped wiring through the walls of my home to finally hide the wires to my 5.1 surround speakers and mounted them on the wall just behind my couch. Both of the surround speakers are facing directly forward. The couch is set 6 inches off of the wall, but when the seats recline, your ears will be almost directly beneath the surround speakers, maybe a couple inches ahead. The speakers are 2 feet above listening level when sitting, 3 feet when reclined. My question is, in your experience, will the fact that my speakers are facing directly forward given their position relative to the couch dramatically take away from their effect, or should I really look for some way to mount them so they point inward, and possibly downward? If you really recommend angling them inward some, about what angle left/right and up/down relative to the listener should they be?

  • Dave Bar from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/2/2016 2:32:42 PM

    Thanks, Rick. I'm always happy to help out, especially for a good cause like better sound. In my experience, I have found that aiming the surround speakers as closely as possible towards your ears results in the best overall effects (this applies primarily to point source speakers, not bi-pole/di-pole, or omni-directional models). I suspect you may lose some surround sound performance by placing your speakers where they are, but I'm not sure how dramatic that loss will be. My recommendation would be to run your system's auto calibration setup (maybe a couple of times), play a movie with plenty of surround content, and see how it sounds. If you feel that you are losing major surround performance, it may be time to re-evaluate your speakers' mounting angle or location.

  • Eric from Austin, TX

    Posted on 4/30/2016 11:23:26 PM

    I have a Samsung HWD7000 (you sold it to me) and it's operating in 5.1 right now, but it's able to support 7.1. My wife found some really cool drive-in theater speakers at an estate sale. I'm looking to replace the busted paper 4" speakers with something that'll fit in the same enclosure, but able to handle a bit more power and fit in with this system. Even Radio Shack doesn't sell components like this anymore. Can you recommend a speaker that's got a fairly square mounting bracket with a not-too-tall magnet that might be a good fit for my speaker boxes? We're going to hang them on the wall using a little V hook so it hangs just like it would off the car window. I figure if I can find some speakers that fit, and fill the boxes with pillow stuffing to artificially increase the cubic footage of my enclosures and they may sound halfway decent. Have I got a chance?

  • Dave Bar from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/2/2016 9:09:39 AM

    Sounds like a neat idea, Eric. You may want to check out this page on the Parts Express website. Just filter for the 4" drivers. My best guess is that any of the smaller drivers pictured should work just fine. I'd stick with 8 ohm models just to be on the safe side. Good luck. I hope your project turns out great!

  • Zoom from MCT

    Posted on 5/25/2016 8:41:38 AM

    Hi Dave, thanks a lot for responding to these comments really helpful, am using Harman Kardon AVR 171 and am using 5.2-channel right now and planning to upgrade to 7.2, my problem is not have enough space for surround-back speakers and planning to go for front height speakers, so i wonder if it's worthy to go for it or stay with 5.2-channel??

  • Dave Bar from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/25/2016 9:44:34 AM

    Thanks, Zoom. I'm glad you find my comments helpful. If the "height" speakers you are referring to are of the Dolby Atmos or DTS:X variety (which, of course, would require a new receiver), then I would consider that a worthwhile upgrade. Otherwise, I'm not sure it's really necessary if you are enjoying what you already have.

  • Devin from Madison Heights

    Posted on 10/31/2016 11:47:24 AM

    I have a open floor plan with a see through fireplace in the middle of the space separating the family room from the dining room. Ceilings are slanted, from 9 ft to 15 ft high, TV is mounted on fireplace. Whats the best speaker placement for this layout.

  • Joshua Crane from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/1/2016 11:50:30 AM

    Hi Devin, you have a few different ways to set up your gear to get great sound in your open room. Without knowing what type of speakers you have (floor-standing, in-ceiling, etc.) it's hard to say what will work the best.

    I recommend you give one of our Advisors a call for a personalized recommendation. They will walk you through all of your options to get the most out of your surround system.

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