Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


1006 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 29


Topic # 124659 15-Jul-2013 13:30
Send private message

Hi guys, just moved house this weekend and am trying to figure out how best to set up my home cinema equipment. The new lounge is a decent shape, but my main problem is the position of the couch and the fact that it either blocks the door to the deck, or my front right floor standing speaker :) I have included a diagram of the lounge below for reference.

The couch is basically where it has to stay as it is too big to have in the middle of the room (we tried). I have it pulled away from the north wall as much as possible so that one can still access the deck, but it still means my nice big JBL floor stander is pumping straight into the leather side of it... Basically, the only way I can keep my floor standers with the current config is to have them tight up against the AV cabinet which looks silly and is not good acoustically either.

I have some Wharfedale diamond bookshelf speakers on stands I use as satellite speakers which I could put in the front (or similar raised small-footprint speakers) but they are crap for music and I'd need to get some satellites too.

I also don't know where to put my sub... :)

I am looking for suggestions on the following:

1) suggest a lounge re-arrangement that will work (note TV is wall mounted (came with the place) so has to stay where is. (Blue & red shapes can be moved)

2) Suggest a work-around so I can keep using my big floor standers. Is it really the end of the world if one is mostly obscured by the side of a couch?

3) Suggest a decent sounding new system I can use instead (fronts would have to be raised at least 2 feet on stands of some kind). Don't have a heck of a lot of budget at the mo...


Cheers in advance!






Create new topic
9 posts

Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 855896 15-Jul-2013 15:03
Send private message

Any reason the couch can't go against the west wall?  If there's a deck, maybe there's a view of something from it (pure speculation!) and the couch where it is would put the view behind anybody sitting on it.



1006 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 29


  Reply # 855924 15-Jul-2013 15:48
Send private message

Yeah it's too far away from everything else and there's actually a lift door there...

Is it possible to put 4ft floor standers on short stands?

1659 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 181

Subscriber

  Reply # 855925 15-Jul-2013 15:50
Send private message

swap lazy boy 2 with the couch?

ediy: such a small room and furniture, its not the end of the world if the speakers are next to your cabinet or slightly obsecured by the couch. Could you wall mount the speakers?



1006 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 29


  Reply # 855931 15-Jul-2013 16:00
Send private message

We tried the couch in the middle and it just takes up so much room... The speakers can't be wall mounted as they are big (4ft) and very heavy and it's not my wall to screw brackets into!



1006 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 29


  Reply # 855935 15-Jul-2013 16:06
Send private message

Short stands could possibly work. Something like this below. Anyone know if you can get these in NZ?





9 posts

Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 855936 15-Jul-2013 16:10
Send private message

Put the couch out on the deck and chuck a plastic sheet over it!  With a couple of bricks for those breezier days.

Yup, elegant; that's me.

4130 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 753

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 855943 15-Jul-2013 16:15
Send private message

Is it not possible to move the couch southward and then angle it at 45 degrees towards the TV to allow an (admittedly slightly awkward) pathway to the deck? Maybe move the coffee table somewhere else and move Lazy Boy 2 closer to Lazy Boy 1 to allow more room for the couch to be rotated across?

1659 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 181

Subscriber

  Reply # 855949 15-Jul-2013 16:17
Send private message

speaker stands are plentiful, see your nearest furniture shop / maker and / or hi fi audio store.

edit: are you in Auckland?  I saw a couple of 'makers' out west... one on new north road and one on magan ave.

3405 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 477


  Reply # 856009 15-Jul-2013 17:08
Send private message

Lazy Boy 2 to where the couch is... and the couch where Lazy Boy 2 was...
Then ensure that everyone learns to live with it :-)
Move the coffee table to wherever it needs to go.

1932 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 130


  Reply # 856028 15-Jul-2013 17:59
Send private message

Looking at the diagram I would say the acoustics in that area are going to be terrible no matter what you do.

Mad Scientist
19099 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2481

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 856059 15-Jul-2013 19:03
Send private message

not sure if i'm helping but wharfedale diamond 9.1 or 10.1 are very highly rated i think the 9.1 scored whathifi budget bookshelf of the year a half a decade ago




Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.




1006 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 29


  Reply # 856331 16-Jul-2013 11:43
Send private message

My better half has disallowed any further furniture rearrangement lol so I'm stuck with how it is in the diagram. I tried swapping couch with lazyboy 2 but it's just too big (diagram not exactly to scale). Putting it on the deck aint gonna happen either :)

I will look into short stands, but does that affect the acoustics of the floor standers other than raising the main cones above head height?

I know acoustics aren't going to be amazing either way but I definitely can't rearrange the walls :) Got to work with what I got!

1184 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 149


  Reply # 858114 17-Jul-2013 16:08
Send private message

The golden rule is keep your speakers and your head away from walls.

So ideally, swap couch with lazyboy 2, keeping lazyboy 2 away from FR.

As the couch is immovable , sell it and get a smaller one !

Do not have FL-C-FR in a line !

That puts C closest to your ears monoizing the sound.

Front speakers should gentley curve away from you so pull FL+FR forward clear of the av cabinet and C.

Recommendations may change if we knew exactly what gear you have in the room.

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.