Can I use towers for surrounds?

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  1. Asere

    Asere Senior Member
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    I was looking at getting the Dayton tower speakers to use as surrounds. They stand at 30 inches tall so not ear level. Would that be ok?
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    Ideally your surrounds should be at or slightly above ear level... but I think distance can make up for below ear level placement. How tall are your front three channels?
     
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    They are 36.6"
     
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    My gut is telling me that you're better off not going with these speakers as your surrounds, simply because of height.
     
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    I agree also, surrounds should be high up and I dont think the size of a tower speaker as a surround is beneficial and would also put more strain on the receiver amps (if you use one)
     
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    Raise them up.
     
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    I may get the Dayton MK402 and place them on a stand.
     
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    Do you have wall mount space? Or is this an open area?
     
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    My wife splurged for some E1's due to the fact that she disapproved on three other speaker sets I have on hand.....And she was right, I did find something she would like. They sound good too...
     
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    No, the family room is an open space with the kitchen.
    I may be an oddball here. But since I haven't had floor surrounds in awhile when I tried it the other day with older speakers I didn't like the idea much of hearing stuff next to me. Maybe because I've gotten used to in ceiling for so long. Why now? IDK I want to go ahead and do it for the full submersion I guess.
    How far away should I place the surrounds from my ear? That's another thing I have tinnitus and don't want the speaker too close to me.
     
  11. GFOviedo

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    I can tell you from experience that having tower as surround sound speakers is a waste of space especially if you have a small living room like mine. I ended up selling the towers, and I went with satellite speakers. I went with the Cambridge M21's for surround. They are small speakers, but can put out some good sound.
     
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    Perhaps for movies which are usually already bass managed with an LFE channel. For discrete multichannel music* which often comes as 5.0, I really appreciate having floor-standers all around (center, too).

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    If you have the room for them yeah. I don't really watch many movies anymore. I mainly listen to music.
     
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    Me, too, and that was my point but I, initially, left out the word "music."
     

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