Home Theater Speaker Layout Options

hi everyone i'm scott newnam ceo ofaudio advice this video is part of our home theaterdesign series that covers virtually everything about designing a hometheater today we're going to be talking aboutspeaker layout options for your theater when it comes to speaker layouts thereare dozens of options available to you in thisvideo we will go over some of the most popular optionsso you can decide what will work best for youand your room if you want more information on anything covered in thisvideo be sure to click the link in thedescription that will take you to our fullarticle on home theater speaker layouts on our site withlots of detail on each layout you can also exploreall of our articles and videos on virtually everything home theaterrelated on our website at audioadvice.

com ifyou're considering installing a home theaterthen you definitely want to try out our home theater design toolon our website it will help you design all of the elementswe described in this video enable you to interactively build your owntheater and see ideal speaker placement etcnow let's get started in today's world of immersive hometheater you may have seen number sequences like 7.

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4 or 5.

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0 it helps understand these abbreviationsas you're going to see them pop up when you start researching hometheater receivers decoding the sequence is very easy once you know the keythe first digit is the number of speakers in the room that are notdolby atmos speakers dolby atmos speakers either go in the ceilingor on top of your main speakers to fire up and bounce off of the ceilingso for this example if the first digit is a 5this means there is a left center right and a pair of surround speakersthe next digit is the number of subwoofers you will normally see mostconfigurations call for one subwoofer but we highly recommend at least two fora serious home theater room the third digit is the number of dolbyatmos speakers so for example if you have a hometheater setup that is 5.

2.

4 this means you have five main speakerstwo subwoofers and four dolby atmos speakersmost home theater receivers max out at 11 channelswhich enables a 7.

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4 setup with 11 powered and a non-powered sub channelthere are a few on the very top end of the price scale that allow you to do9.

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4 and even 11.

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6 for the purposes of this help guide wewill stop at 7.

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4 as for most rooms that is more thanenough for an amazing experience as you go through these differentconfigurations bear in mind you'll have choices on what type ofspeaker to use for the main speakers surround speakers and rear speakers youcan use an in-room tower or bookshelf speaker anon-wall speaker or an in-wall speaker the dolby atmosspeakers can either be in ceiling speakers or an elevationspeaker that would sit on top of your toweror bookshelf speaker we are even starting to see some tower speakers withthe elevation speaker built into the top which is pretty coolyou may wind up laying out the perfect room only to find outthat the only way your room is constructed doesn't allow you to putyour speakers exactly where they should gothis is especially true for in-ceiling and in-wall speakersa common problem with placing these speakers is the placement of the studsif there's a stud in the way of where you need to put an in-ceiling atmosspeaker we find it better to move them to theleft or right rather than front to back to find thespot where they can fit in the ceiling between the studsfor side speakers we usually suggest you move them slightly backwardsand for rears move them further apart rather than closer togetherif you have more detailed questions jump over to audioadvice.

comand chat or give us a call we'll start with the layout we considerthe best choice and work down from there again keep in mind that these will allshow just one subwoofer but if you have the space we highlyrecommend a second sub for more even bassdistribution our home theater design tool also allowsyou to view all of the different speaker layoutoptions in your specific room and it will show you what they look likein the room along with the ideal speaker placementfor each speaker our first layout option is a 7.

1.

4 layout remembering fromearlier this means there are seven main speakers one subwoofer and four atmosspeakers with this great setup we have a frontleft and right a center channel a pair of side surrounds and a pair ofrear surrounds and four dolby atmos speakers for thisconfiguration you'll need a home theater receiver thatsupports dolby atmos with 11 powered channels or a separatesurround sound processor and 11 channels of amps you'll find avariety of these on the site and our support team ataudioadvice.

com or in our stores will be more than happyto help you select the best one for your budget up nextis a 5.

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4 setup this setup is the same as 7.

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4minus one of the pairs of surround speakers if given the choicewe would choose a 5.

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4 setup over 7.

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2 setuphaving immersive atmos effects adds a whole new dimension to moviesso we generally recommend four atmos speakers and two surrounds rather thantwo atmos and four surrounds this type of systemwill need a home theater receiver with nine powered channels on board we alsosee a lot of rooms where getting a pair of rear speakers is not possibleso using sides and four atmos where two are in the front and two are behind themain viewing position is a great solution in this situationalthough we do recommend 5.

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4 over 7.

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2we see many existing home theater systems where there arealready seven speakers in the room if you have this type of layoutand want to add atmos but only do one pair 7.

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2 is a great optionthat would not require a lot of additional installationnext up is 5.

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2 which is by far the most popular layout we see at audiodevice there are a ton of reasonably pricedseven channel dolby atmos home theater receivers on the market tochoose from which makes getting into the atmos world prettyreasonable it also uses the same number of speakerswe used to see in home theaters for years but set up in a new way formuch more immersive sound if you have a small to medium sized roomand are looking to get the most bang for your buckthe 5.

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2 layout is the best way to go a 7.

1 system will have no dolby atmoseffect speakers so this is not something we currentlyrecommend unless you have an old home theater receiver not capable ofdolby atmos and you're trying to put together a hometheater system using that old receiver or you may be ina situation where it's impossible to get wiring to the ceiling and havein-wall or on-wall speakers for your fronts andrears making it almost impossible to place atmoselevation speakers on top of them if this applies to you a 7.

1 channellayout will get you the most immersive soundsome of you may have this exact layout with in-ceilingsurround speakers already if this is the case we would highly recommend youupgrade to a new dolby atmos receiver and configure the receiver for 5.

1.

2where two of your end ceilings will serve as atmos speakersyou'll get a big improvement in effects over what you've previously experiencedfinally we have a 5.

1 setup even though 5.

1 is the simplest ofsurround sound systems make no mistake a good 5.

1 system usingseparate speakers will outperform any soundbar basedsystem by miles you can find plenty of entry-levelhome theater receivers that support 5.

1 and somegreat speaker packages that allow you to do a 5.

1 system andnot break the bank while still getting great sound plus ifyou have a fairly small room this system can be more than enough togive you goosebumps if you set it up properly once you'vedecided what setup is best for you you've pickedout your gear and you've wired everything up now it'stime for arguably the most important step in the processcalibration home theater calibration is a huge topicbut don't be intimidated with a little reading you'll be gettingout the tape measure and setting levels like a pro we havemultiple articles at audioadvice.

com on home theater calibration that will gothrough some of the different software options as well as how toproperly run them we can't stress enough how much of adifference this will make to the sound in your theaterthis video is part of the audio advice home theater designseries of videos that cover all aspects of designing a home theaterin the description you will find links to all of the articles and videosas well as our really cool interactive home theater design toolthat we've mentioned throughout this videoif you have any questions on any of the speaker layout optionswe've talked about or maybe you'd like some help decidingwhat would work best for your room give us a call or chat with our team ataudioadvice.

com or if you're near our raleigh orcharlotte north carolina showrooms stop in and we'd love to help you outthank you for watching if you enjoyed this video please give it a likeand be sure to subscribe to our channel so you never miss the latestin audio and home theater content we'll see you next time you.

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