So, yes you can use your surround speakers for front speakers. However, the point of having four front speakers is that they better distribute the sound evenly to the listener. This is why most surround speaker systems come with either two or four front channel speakers.
Do surround speakers need to be behind you?
The surround speakers are there to create a sense of space in your room. Ideally, the surround speakers in a 5.1 surround sound configuration should be placed just behind or to the side of your listening position. Dolby recommends an angle of 110° to 120° from your listening position, as in the image below.
Can I use rear speakers in the front?
Yes, you can! It is actually very easy to do, you just change where they are plugged in on the back of the receiver and that is it. The thing to keep in mind is that if you have a set of tower speakers at the front and are moving them to the back and are then having smaller bookshelf speakers at the front.
Where should I place my surround sound speakers?
In a 5.1 system your surround speakers are best placed to the left and right of your listening position. Space them apart the same distance as your front speakers (or a little wider), and face them toward you.
How far away should surround speakers be?
The distance between the stereo speakers should match the distance that you are sitting from the television. For example, if you are sitting 6 feet from the television, then each stereo speaker needs to be 3 feet away from the television.
What is the difference between front speakers and surround speakers?
Surround sound uses several speakers around your room to create a more exciting listening experience for movies. You have three speakers at the front – including a center speaker – and more speakers behind you to hear sound effects all around the room.
Should speakers be in front or behind you?
Angle your speakers inward so they’re pointed towards the listener – more specifically, at a point directly behind the listener’s head. If you want good sound across a wider listening area, then decrease toe-in. Increase or decrease the angle of your speakers a few degrees at a time until you hit that sweet spot!
Should surround speakers face each other?
If 5.1, the left and right surround speakers should be placed (in general) just behind the listening position facing each other, a couple of feet above your head level. If 7.1, the left and right back speakers can be facing forward.
Where do you put rear surround speakers?
Place the rear surround speakers at 135-150 degrees off-axis, relative to the primary seating position. As with the side surround speakers, position the rear surround tweeters about 2 feet above head level when seated.
What is the most important speaker in surround sound?
A center channel speaker is the most important speaker in a surround sound setup because it does most of the work. Most of the action, and conversation, in a movie, happens front and center on your screen, meaning that the center channel is the one reproducing it.
Can I use surround sound speakers in my car?
Surround sound is not just for the home or theaters. It can also be experienced in the car. What makes this possible are digital signal processors that automatically adjust to the format that is being played whether it is Dolby, Dolby Digital, DTS or some other format.
Can I use any speaker as a center speaker?
You can use any speaker (except a subwoofer) for your center channel, but ideally, you’d use a speaker that has a horizontal, rather than vertical, or square, cabinet design, such as the example shown below from Aperion Audio.
How do I arrange my 5.1 home theater?
How to Set up a 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System
Where should I place my speakers for 7.1 surround sound?
The left and right front speakers should be placed at an equal distance from the screen and at least six feet apart; the left, right and center front speakers should be an equal distance from the ideal viewing position. To enhance the experience, some toe-in might be desirable.
How far back should rear surround speakers be?
Rear speakers can sit back 6-10ft from the listener with the tweeter placed at least 2ft above the listener’s ear. Ideally, the speaker will be placed at least 2ft away from the surface behind it, or you can use wall-mounted speakers- in either case, angled between 135-150° from the room’s center.
What is the best height for surround sound speakers?
When not installing immersive audio speakers, place the surround speakers approximately two feet above sitting ear height, which is generally 6 feet. The proper height when using immersive formats is a bit contentious as some state to place surround speakers at ear height, with tolerances up to 2 feet above ear height.
Is 5.1 or 7.1 surround better?
A 5.1 surround sound system uses 6 channels (feeding into 6 speakers) to create surround sound. 7.1 surround sound systems use 8 channels. The two extra channels of sound (and two extra speakers) provide a slightly better audio quality.
Can rear surround speakers be in ceiling?
Can in-ceiling speakers be used in a 5.1 surround sound set up? Yes, this is entirely possible, providing the amplifier you are using supports surround sound.
Can you use Bose surround speakers as front speakers?
You can use surround speakers as front speakers by swapping out the speakers’ connections in the back of the AV receiver. The sound that should be going to your front speakers will be delivered to your surround speakers, but you may not get the same sound quality.
Is surround sound good for music?
It worked fairly well on music and stereo movie soundtracks. While Dolby Surround was simply “better than nothing,” having an active matrix and full-range, stereo surround channels was far superior for listening to music in surround sound.
Should I use surround or surround back?
There is technically no difference between surround and rear surround speakers. The difference lies in how they are positioned in the room, a factor of the type of surround system, as the 5.1 sound system configuration does not make use of back speakers.
Can I put subwoofer behind me?
You can put a subwoofer behind you or a piece of furniture, however, this may not be the best place to put a subwoofer if you want to enjoy immersive bass that is smooth and clear.
Can you lay speakers on their side?
Turning the speaker on its side means that the cooling air flow is disrupted and becomes turbulent, significantly reducing cooling efficiency and potentially resulting in the speaker overheating, which could cause protection shut-downs in the short term, and premature component failure in the longer term.
How far should a subwoofer be from the wall?
In fact, high-quality subs tend to sound their best when pulled at least 8 to 12 inches from any wall. Subwoofers also work better in the front half of your listening space, placed closer to your front-channel loudspeakers to lessen timing delays and phase cancellation.
How can I hide my surround sound speakers?
Hide your speakers in your wall behind tapestries or acoustic art to hide them entirely. If you have an alcove or recessed shelf in your wall, place your speakers there. Then, push the speakers back past the wall. Hang a flag, textile, or thin tapestry over them.
Is the left speaker facing you?
The speaker behind you on the left or on the left side of you is the left speaker.
Can you place rear speakers to the side?
Recommended speaker placement for 5.1
In a typical 5.1 surround placement you will want to place your surround speakers to the side and just behind the listening position. Often, these speakers are diffuse speakers, called “dipole” speakers.
Do I need rear speakers with a sound bar?
So even though it’s not completely necessary to have rear speakers in your system, it makes sense if you want to truly experience immersive sound. Leaving out rear speakers means the only real difference you’ll see compared to stereo sound is improved bass.
Where should I place my subwoofer for surround sound?
For a single subwoofer, we recommend you put it on the front wall and if possible put the subwoofer towards one of the front corners. Having the subwoofer in a corner will couple the subwoofer better to the room, giving you more bass impact.