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How to Place Your Speakers to Maximise Your Home Theatre Experience

Speaker Placement

Whether you are setting up your computer speakers or a complex home theatre bundle, understanding the art and science of speaker channels and placement is the most critical step in enjoying your new sound system. Read on for a crash course in surround sound setup.

How Do I Configure Optimum 5.1 Channel Surround Sound?

Configure Stereo 5.1 Channel Surround sound to gain maximum output of stereo system meant for home theatre, desktop or television. To produce awesome soundtracks and movie scores and to get optimal performance in sound, place the correct speaker at the perfect place meant for it. A system of 5.1 stereo means 5 channels, one subwoofer and accompanying low-frequency effects channels which power it and a receiver which receives signals from the source, amplifies and sends to speakers.

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Stereo 5.1 helps to create immersive surround sound and it is absolute minimum speaker set up to get best results. The first step is to place subwoofer at a convenient place in the room so that it receives the signals directly from the source as it is Omnidirectional. It must not be placed beneath a cabinetry or architectural shape otherwise Omni directional signals may become more directional deteriorating the quality of sound.

Left and Right Front Channels:

Sound effects, music dialogues will come out of speakers placed in front. One speaker should be placed 3 to 4 feet from centre line of viewing in left and the other at an approximately same distance in right at ear-height while seated on a chair. Place the speaker at an inner toe angle of 22 to 30 degree directed towards the centre of sitting area. One can set up this arrangement more precisely to get the best results in sound.

Centre Channel:

Now add the centre and surround channels. Sound delivery is spread amongst the additional speakers used in 5.1 systems. Place one speaker in the centre to the main viewing seat with no angle to the left or right side. It should be as accurate to ear height as possible because it is responsible for direct dialogue delivery from the screen. One can angle the speaker in such fashion that sound reaches to listener’s ear directly.

Surrounding Sound Channels:

The surrounding channels help to distribute the load and are responsible for the spread of environmental and ambient sounds. Cheers and whistles produced in a concert are delivered by these channels in making you feel to be sitting in the front row of the hall of a concert. So for maximum real impact left and right surround sound channels are placed at an angle of 90 to 110 degree relative to listening position.


How Do I Configure Optimum 7.1 Channel Surround Sound?

The standard setup for a 7.1 configuration includes a centre channel speaker, left and right front channel speakers, a subwoofer, left and right surround speakers and left and right rear surround speakers.

The rear surround speakers add more depth to the surround sound experience by spreading the sound across four speakers (the left and right surrounds and rears), rather than two, resulting in more directed, immersive sound.

The two additional speakers also help to fill larger rooms more completely. Plus, more and more films are being released or home viewing in 7.1 formats, adding to its appeal.

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Centre channel:

Place the centre channel speaker immediately above or below the screen, directly facing the listening area. If the speaker is being set on a shelf or stand, be sure that the leading edge of the speaker is flush with the edge of the stand, to maintain dialogue clarity.


The three most common subwoofer locations include corners, placement along a wall or beside a front speaker, which can create a better blend with the front speaker, at the cost of sacrificing overall volume.

Experimentation with subwoofer placement is highly encouraged; slight adjustments can create big differences in bass reproduction.

Left and Right Front Channels:

The left and right front speakers should be placed at an equal distance from the screen and at least six feet apart; the left, right and centre front speakers should be an equal distance from the ideal viewing position. To enhance the experience, some toe-in might be desirable. If so, be sure to identically angle each speaker and maintain equal distance from the viewing position.

Surround Speakers:

The left and right surround speakers must be placed equally on each side and slightly above and behind the viewing position. Left and right rear surround speakers should also be about three feet above (and behind) the seated listeners’ heads.

Upgrading from a 5.1 system? Or perhaps you’re trying to decide whether a 5.1 or 7.1 channel home theatre receiver is best for you.

Either way, Integrated Audio Technology is here to show you how to set up a 7.1 system step by step.


Tangent Ampster X4 Amplifier

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The Tangent Ampster BT is a mini amplifier with a big sound. Just connect your personal music player to the new Tangent Ampster BT, and experience how good your music sounds when played out loud.

Bluetooth, Digital, and Analogue Inputs
The Tangent Ampster BT has got the possibility of connecting via various sources such as 4.0 Bluetooth, AUX in, optical in. Choose Bluetooth for wirelessly connecting your smartphone or tablet, optical for your TV and the two line inputs – one phono and the other 3.5mm mini-jack – for everything else.

Wake on Bluetooth
When left idle on the Bluetooth source Tangent Ampster BT will go to standby automatically and wake automatically when you start playing Bluetooth again.

Stylish Remote
A stylish remote to control sources and volume comes with the Tangent Ampster BT.

Compact but Powerful
Despite the compact size the Ampster BT holds its own against larger amplifiers. Tangent Ampster BT sends out a punchy 50 Watts per channel, which is more than enough for most speakers.

For top quality music from your smartphone, tablet, TV and music sources, just add speakers. We have great package deals check them out here.

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Compact Audio’s new range of integrated speakers is design to offer the best possible full range sound from an in-ceiling speaker installation. Just connect them to the Tangent Ampster BT Amplifier and pair up to your phone or tablet via the Bluetooth function and experience powerful and yet detailed sound from your personal music collection. Or just connect an optical digital cable from your TV to the Tangent Ampster BT Optical input and experience seamless TV sound from the Compact Audio Ceiling speakers.


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Bring movies to life with Dolby Atmos on Sky Q!

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Dolby Atmos roars on to Sky Q! See epic blockbusters brought to life with Dolby Atmos on Sky Q.

With Sky Q, you can now immerse yourself in breath-taking cinematic sound as Dolby Atmos puts you at the heart of the movie action.

The arrival of Dolby Atmos on Sky Q now brings you an unrivalled movie experience, combining the stunning visuals of Ultra HD with incredible three-dimensional sound.

Dolby Atmos is an object-based surround sound format that uses numerous speakers placed around a room to create an all-enveloping, ‘3D; sound experience where specific sounds or audio ‘objects’ can be moved around the room separate from the rest of the audio.

BT Sport also supports Dolby Atmos for its 4K Premier League broadcasts, and Atmos is general is starting to hit the mainstream, with a number of cinemas supporting the standard for recent releases like Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

Dolby Atmos is a surround sound technology, first developed in 2012, that pimps 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound setups by adding Atmos speakers all around the room, or, in the case of soundbars, up-firing drivers send sound overhead to create the impression that the user is enveloped in a “sound bubble”. Up to 64 speakers can be used in a top-notch Dolby Atmos cinema setup.

The high-end surround sound technology has been appearing in more and more consumer tech products recently and is no longer the preserve of audiophile brands.

Dolby Atmos – What can I watch/hear in Atmos?

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Since Dolby introduced the new sound technology in 2012, numerous film-makers have opted to use it. The first ever film to use Atmos was Disney Pixar’s Brave, which premiered at the Atmos-equipped Dolby Theatre in Hollywood in 2012. Since then, Atmos has become increasingly popular. Dolby has a list of films from 2015/16 that have used the technology.


What is Dolby Atmos?

Dolby Atmos is a surround sound technology with more flexibility in the presentation of sound in a movie or home theatre space. It allows for sounds to be treated as “objects” that the system can position in the listening space beyond the limitations of traditional 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound channels.

As with any new technology, that makes its way into the home theatre realm, there’s always an adoption period.

Since its unveiling in the Summer of 2014, almost all home theatre receivers include Dolby Atmos decoding.

Many consumers, however, have not yet been able to justify the expense or possible reconfiguration of their home theatre systems because there hasn’t been enough Dolby Atmos encoded content available.

This is definitely changing, and more Blu-ray titles that utilize Dolby Atmos continue to be released at a steady pace. The following is a list of some key available Blu-ray and streaming releases that are Dolby Atmos encoded.


Dolby Atmos Blu-ray Disc Titles

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • American Sniper
  • Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Chappie
  • Deadpool
  • Ender’s Game
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Game of Thrones – Seasons 1 through 6
  • Gravity – Diamond Luxe Edition
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • In the Heart of the Sea
  • John Wick 1 and 2
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • La La Land
  • Leon: The Professional
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Man of Steel
  • Pineapple Express
  • San Andreas
  • Sicario
  • Step Up All In
  • Suicide Squad
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Terminator Genysis
  • The Amazing Spiderman
  • The Expendables 3
  • The Fifth Element
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts 1 – 4
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • The Smurfs 2
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Dolby Atmos Streaming Titles

The streaming service VUDU offers select titles with Dolby Atmos encoding:

  • American Sniper
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Entourage
  • In the Heart of the Sea
  • Into the Storm
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Mad Max
  • Man of Steel
  • Pacific Rim
  • Pan
  • San Andreas
  • The Gallows
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E
  • We Are Your Friends

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Bonus: Dolby Atmos Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Releases

For those that have upgraded, to the Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc format, in addition to the improved image quality of Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs in combination with a compatible TV, on the audio side, Dolby Atmos is also being featured on many releases. Here are some to consider.

  • Angry Birds
  • Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Chappie
  • Conjuring 2
  • Crouching Tiger: Hidden Dragon
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
  • Fifth Element
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Ghostbusters 1, 2, Ghostbusters – Answer The Call
  • Great Wall
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hunger Games 1 – 4
  • In The Heart of the Sea
  • Independence Day: Resurgence
  • John Wick 1 and 2
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • La La Land
  • Leon The Professional
  • Mad Max Fury Road
  • Magnificent Seven
  • Man of Steel
  • The Martian: Extended Edition
  • Pineapple Express
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
  • San Andreas
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Sicario
  • Sing
  • Star Trek: Beyond and Into Darkness
  • Suicide Squad
  • xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

A continually updated listing of Dolby Atmos Blu-ray, Ultra HD Blu-ray, and Streaming releases is maintained by Dolby Labs

What We Can Expect for Future Releases

It would be great if we could get Dolby Atmos re-issues on Blu-ray of such films as “Brave,” “Godzilla 2014,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and ” Pacific Rim,” all of which were released theatrically with Dolby Atmos soundtracks. In fact, “Brave” was the first film to be released theatrically with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

However, it is unlikely that the movie studios involved will go back and re-issue past films on Blu-ray that originally had Dolby Atmos theatrical soundtracks—at least not until there is a large base of consumers with Dolby Atmos home theatre systems that demand it.


Dolby Atmos: What is it?

Dolby Atmos transports you into the story with moving audio that flows all around you with breathtaking realism.

Dolby Atmos

Making its way from film sets and post-production suites all the way into living rooms, Dolby’s latest surround-sound technology has quickly become one of the most important technologies in home cinema.

Over the past few years, Dolby Atmos has firmly transitioned from the “future of home audio” to very much the here and now. That’s not only thanks to the surround-sound technology gaining traction in Hollywood but also its support throughout the chain that runs from content creation and hardware to device support.

What is Dolby Atmos and why should you consider integrating it into your home entertainment system?

Dolby Atoms is a new audio format capable of multichannel movie soundtracks; think of it as 3D sound in 3D virtual spaces such as your home. It was developed to bring three-dimensional effects to home theatre systems. Traditionally a home theatre would be either 5.1 or 7.1 channel surround sound setups that were capable of delivering sound around your room. However, they were not capable of delivery sound above you.

The overhead sound brought to life by Dolby Atmos extends the height of your system’s soundstage. Imagine hearing a helicopter flying overhead, with the traditional setups they would mimic this by playing the sound behind you, however with Dolby Atmos the sound is projected and delivered from above. This is the most realistic sound experience available to your home entertainment sound system.

Dolby Atmos


What do I need?

You’ll need an AVR such as  Compact Audio Fidelity C6 LCR In-Ceiling Front Home Cinema and Dolby Atmos Speaker. This handles the necessary signal processing and rendering. Additionally, you will need ceiling speakers. Installing ceiling and in wall, speakers offer accurate overhead surround sound, for a new level of home theatre immersion. This is a great option if you are designing a new home theatre entertainment system, or want to upgrade to the best possible home audio listening experience.


Dolby Atmos transports you from ordinary auditory experiences into the extraordinary

Moves sound all around you – Rather than being constrained to channels, sounds can be precisely placed and moved in three-dimensional space. Adds an overhead dimension – A new sensation of height immerses you in the action, creating a full audio atmosphere and realistically depicting objects moving overhead. Produces breathtaking sound quality – Dolby Atmos renders everything from dialogue to quiet scenes to whirlwind action with astonishing clarity, richness, detail, and depth. Creates a powerfully moving entertainment experience – It all comes together in a sound that excites your senses and inspires your emotions to deliver the full impact of entertainment.

Forget Black Friday: Win An Award Winning Dali Katch Portable Bluetooth Speaker

In true small business fashion, Integrated Audio Technology shunned Black Friday unable to offer the same sale prices as tech giants such as Apple. However, despite the lack of a momentous sale, they are giving away a free award-winning Dali Katch portable Bluetooth speaker!

Dali Katch Integrated Audio Technology

Dali Katch is a battery-powered Bluetooth speaker. Wrapped in an elegantly rounded solid housing the specially developed drivers deliver the audio signal from the internal digital amplifier. Easily connectable via Bluetooth, and the possibility to enjoy the improved audio quality of Apt-X if supported. The Dali Katch also support analogue input via mini-jack. Knowing that you will bring you Dali Katch on the road we included a USB charge output to keep your phone or tablet charged while you rock your beats.

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Available in three different colour schemes, Dark Shadow, Cloud Grey and Green Moss, the Dali Katch will blend elegantly into almost any environment. The integrated leather carry strap makes it easy and comfortable to bring along the Dali Katch and the durable design makes it safe to do so.

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The Dali Katch has already received its very first review by WHAT HI-FI? Who gives it 5 out of 5 stars. it has since gone on to win an award from WHAT HI-FI for best portable wireless speaker!

According to Mark Sparrow, who reviewed the speaker explains the Dali Katch is the loudest little Bluetooth speaker you have ever heard. “How the engineers at DALI managed to produce something so small that sounds so big, I’ll never know.” And he continues: “When it comes to sound performance, the Dali Katch blows the competition away.”  He adds that it handles quiet music subtly and it always seems to have more volume to deliver and never loses control of the music even for a moment. “I never felt the need for more bass or less treble. The sound is spot on and won’t fail to delight,” Mark Sparrow explains.

The verdict of the Dali Katch is that “the sound is superb and the battery life generous. To be honest, at this price there’s nothing to catch the KATCH. It’s just one gorgeous speaker that will satisfy the fussiest of ears.” The review can be found here.

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Integrated Audio Technology Limited supplies a wide range of quality ceiling speakers, wall speakers, outdoor speakers, subwoofers, bathroom TVs and audio-visual accessories direct from our warehouse in the UK.

Their qualified employees have over 10 years experience in home cinema and audio installations. They offer expert advice, a price match guarantee and free delivery to all UK customers. Integrated Audio Technology offers a free, no-obligation quote.

To enter into Integrated Audio Technology’s competition and be in with a chance to win a Dali Katch speaker, please visit their Facebook page, which can be found here and follow the instructions on the pinned post at the top of the page.


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