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Monitor Viewing Distance: There should be a 28-inch viewing distance from your desktop display to your seating position. Front Speakers: If you have a 5.1 desktop system, the Front Left and Right speakers should be placed to the side of your display, with the Center Channel Speaker either above or below the display —aimed at …

HOW DO I SET UP DESKTOP SYSTEMS?

A 5.1 surround system has five discrete audio channels: Left, Right, Center, Left Surround, Right Surround and the Subwoofer. Front Left & Right Speakers (L & R): Place the Front Left and Right speakers at ear height, producing a 45° angle as viewed from the main seating position. This delivers a wide soundstage and precise …

HOW DO I SET UP 5.1 SURROUND SOUND SPEAKERS?

A 7.1 surround system has seven discrete audio channels, Left, Right, Center, Left Surround, Right Surround, Left and Right Back, and of course, the Subwoofer. Front Left & Right Speakers (L & R): Place the Front Left and Right speakers at ear height, producing a 45° angle as viewed from the main seat. This delivers …

HOW DO I SET UP 7.1 SURROUND SOUND SPEAKERS?

If you use Dolby® TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio™, your back surround speakers should be separated to produce a 60° angle from the main listening position.

DO I SET UP DOLBY® TRUEHD OR DTS-HD MASTER AUDIO™ ?

Sound is fifty percent of the entertainment experience. Great sound can bring out the power of high definition video. Speaker placement is essential to experiencing the true impact of movies, music and games. THX offers speaker setup and positioning tips for immersive, 7.1, 5.1 and desktop speaker systems.

HOW IMPORTANT IS SOUND TO AN ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE?

Yes. Mixing and matching speaker brands and styles is fine. In fact, the whole concept of THX certification is based on the idea of being able to mix and match components from different manufacturers. The THX certification process standardizes all electrical and output parameters, so that all THX Certified speakers and receivers work together. You …

CAN I MIX AND MATCH SPEAKERS?

Yes. Don’t think about getting a home theater system without a subwoofer. Subwoofers provide the low frequency bass that creates the rumbles of the jet engine in Iron Man or freeway bridges collapsing in Die Hard 4. THX recommends getting the biggest subwoofer that your living space and budget will allow. In the world of …

DO I NEED A SUBWOOFER?

The size of your speakers make a difference in performance. While many well known speaker brands push smaller speaker concepts, THX recommends resisting the temptation to go too small. The smaller the speaker, the more you may compromise in terms of output and low frequency performance. Try to find a balance between the size you …

DO LARGER SPEAKERS PERFORM BETTER?

You need to make sure that the box speakers you purchase are actually designed for wall mounting. A wall creates an acoustic boundary that reflects low frequencies (bass). If you mount traditional box speakers (not designed for wall mounting) the result could be a very bass heavy sound. THX recommends on-wall speakers from Teufel and …

SHOULD I CONSIDER ON-WALL SPEAKERS?

Speakers can be purchased as a package (5.1 and 7.1) or separately. There are a lot of brands to choose from, each with its own unique sonic signature. Depending on the aesthetics of your home theater or living room, you can pick between traditional box speakers that are visible to viewers, or choose in-wall and …

WHAT SPEAKERS DO I BUY FOR 5.1 AND 7.1 ?