My wife and I are moving in a new place, doing some remodelling. We love our playbase and are looking to have a 5.1 set up. But we had some concerns you guys might alleviate!
The thing is the TV room isn't super straightforward. The sofa is placed against a wall, while TV and Playbase are in a corner (about 3m away). I have attached the layout for reference.
Perhaps some of you have living rooms where the TV is on the side of the sofa or in a corner. Our 2 questions were:
1) If the TV is wall mounted (swivel having it face the sofa when used) but the playbase is still on a cabinet (in the layout, constantly facing the window), and therefore not in the same direction than the TV, do you think there's a chance it doesn't sound as good - because the base isn't turned towards the viewer?
2) We would put the 1's surround on the wall right behind the sofa. But since the TV is in a corner, won't that unbalance the whole setup?
What do you think?
Best answer by AjTrek1
In the arrangement you are suggesting the dialog (purple arrow) coming from the Playbase (beige) would be at a right angle to the viewing position of the sofa. Surround audio (red truncated circle) would be skewed or off-center seemingly arriving late. Image a helicopter flying straight toward you from the TV (purple). The experience of the fly over would make it sound as if it went past you and then came back at an angle.
In a perfect HT setup the surround area would be encompassing (green circle) which includes the dialog (purple arrow).
TruePlay while it does compensate for speaker positioning and other variables the assumption is that speaker placement meets normal parameters in a HT setting. The Sub is the exception as placement is not as critical.
I have once again :8 suggested another seating arrangement which appears not to encroach upon living area. The only other caveat is the TV…can you still view it from the suggested position or does the L-Shaped corner block viewing?
In the end you’ll have to experiment to determine if yours or my suggested arrangement works for you and your wife. Please let us know the final outcome . Cheers!