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#330012 - 12/01/10 09:42 AM QS8
SBrown Offline
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How high do you install the surround speakers for the best sound.I guess I could see how tall the stands are, but I thought I would get some advice first.

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#330016 - 12/01/10 09:47 AM Re: QS8 [Re: SBrown]
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Shawn: You will get lots of valid, yet differing opinions here. Most people seem to have wall mounted theirs. Because I have floor-ceiling windows, I had no choice but stands. They look cool enough, but, far more importantly, they are enormously placement-forgiving because their dispersion is so good.

I'm very pleased having them on stands. They also make it a hell of a lot easier to move the speakers around the room while searching out their optimal placement.

Good luck.
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#330017 - 12/01/10 09:49 AM Re: QS8 [Re: SBrown]
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Actually, higher than the stands is recommended. Usually a few feet above the ear when seated in the listening position.

I placed mine halfway between ear level and the ceiling. That seems to work pretty well. But then again, the Axiom's QSes are very forgiving in regards to placement.
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#330027 - 12/01/10 10:12 AM Re: QS8 [Re: ClubNeon]
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I may end up placing mine close to the ceiling (7 foot ceilings), to help keep them from becoming head bonkers in forced walking paths. But I intend to experiment with many different placements before finding a final resting place for them. I always wondered how they would sound mounted to the ceiling, where the wall side is mounted on the ceiling. Mounting them to the upper left and upper right of the screen might make good height channel speakers.


Edited by CatBrat (12/01/10 10:16 AM)

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#330028 - 12/01/10 10:14 AM Re: QS8 [Re: CatBrat]
ClubNeon Offline
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They only stick out about 6 inches from the wall. I think you'll find it hard to walk so close that you'd hit your head.
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#330032 - 12/01/10 10:18 AM Re: QS8 [Re: ClubNeon]
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The sides of 3 across chairs is only going to leave about 2 to 2.5 feet on either side for walking space, and the QS8's will probably be mounted just slightly behind the backs of the chairs.

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#330033 - 12/01/10 10:20 AM Re: QS8 [Re: CatBrat]
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You know your room (and head) best. It shouldn't matter as long as there is a few inches of clearance from the top driver to the ceiling.
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#330043 - 12/01/10 11:12 AM Re: QS8 [Re: ClubNeon]
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Shawn, Alan Loft via Axiom Audio has some excellent articles with diagrams on system setup, here's just one of the many available ... The Essential Guide To Home Theater Layout





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#330053 - 12/01/10 01:10 PM Re: QS8 [Re: RickF]
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where the wall side is mounted on the ceiling


If I understand you correctly, I wouldn't advise this. The included T-bracket is not designed to support the weight of the speaker in that direction. Big difference between pull-out strength and shear strength.

I have tall ceilings. The bottoms of my QS8's are about 75" from the floor, so a little less than 3' above the listener. Sounds good to me.
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#330057 - 12/01/10 01:30 PM Re: QS8 [Re: tomtuttle]
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Agreed if mounted using the t-bracket, but it would require a different approach. I'm just curious as to how it would affect the sound, but in reality I may never get a chance to try it.

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