People spend a lot of money to experience surround sound at home but some end up complaining that they do not get the expected result. The title says it all. Today, I will share how you should set your surround sound system the way sound emitted through those speakers was meant to be felt. Placing the speakers in a line will not do !
The figure given above shows how a typical 5.1 surround system should be placed in order to experience the optimum sound quality from the speakers. L, C and R are left, centre and right speakers, respectively while Ls and Rs represent left surround speaker and right surround speaker. Sub is the subwoofer which deals with low frequency content.
Given below is a suggestion by Dolby :
“Create a clear path between you and your speakers. If you can’t see the speaker, sound is being blocked” . I found this really meaningful.
A recent innovation by Dolby is Atmos and this can now be experienced at home.
The system is similar to that of 5.1 but notice the two speakers on the ceiling. The .2 in 5.1.2 represents these two speakers. The link given below has a more detailed picture illustrating the arrangement with angles :
Dolby has shared other speaker setups ideal for home use. Explore these out in the Dolby website.
 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker Setup. 2015. . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.audioholics.com/home-theater-connection/speaker-placement-setup-tips-for-upgraded-home-theater-systems/5.1.jpg/image_preview. [Accessed 10 February 2015].
 5.1 Speaker Setup Guide . 2015. 5.1 Speaker Setup Guide . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.dolby.com/us/en/guide/surround-sound-speaker-setup/5-1-setup.html. [Accessed 10 February 2015].
 Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 Speaker Setup. 2015. . [ONLINE] Available at: http://icdn2.digitaltrends.com/image/atmos-5-1-2-with-two-in-ceiling-speakers-970×646-c.jpg?ver=1. [Accessed 10 February 2015].