Our latest surround sound is 20.4.4:

This 20.4.4 Channel Surround Sound was created with the intent to make a simple to wire up, yet large system with multiple elevations and work with 5.1 channel receivers which are much more common than 7.1 channel receivers are. By doing this more people will have the ability to grow their existing system without the need for a multiple replacement receivers.

This custom surround sound was designed by tweaking our existing 30.4.4 channel surround sound system.

We recommend satellite speakers for this system for several reasons:

1) They take up less space than larger speakers do

2) They can most likely be wall mounted so you can set them at the exact height you choose

3) They cost less to purchase

The subs will not need to be very powerful. 50 watt subs each turned up only a quarter of the way will sound really nice. This will let you know there is base present without it overpowering the rest of the sound effects. Also with one sub per corner of the room the sound will appear to fill the room and not distract you since it comes from just one or two locations.

The speakers when properly placed will allow you to properly hear sound from just about everywhere. These small speakers will rapidly move the sound around the room for added realism (especially with action films). Each receiver will power a different elevation of speakers. One elevation will have speakers at ear level and the other will be at the ceiling to help create depth in sound placement.

Elevation 1 (ear level):

  • 10 speakers total
  • One pair of powered subs
  • Two Center channel speakers (one for the rear)
  • Two pairs of front speakers
  • Two pairs of rear speakers
  • One pair of pseudo subs
  • A ‘y’ cable
  • Lot’s of speaker wire which will vary based on the room size

One 5.1 channel receiver with a ‘y’ cable to connect dual subs with. Place one sub in the front left corner of the room and the other in the front right corner. Run a speaker switch off the center, rear and front speaker ports on the receiver. If you have a “a/b” or an “a and b” option for front speakers then you will need not a speaker switch for the front speakers. Connect 2 pairs of front speakers to the switch box. Connect two center channels to a switch box. Connect two pairs of rear speakers to a switch box.

One pairs of pseudo subs. One speaker under the front center and the other one under the rear center. One will connect to the speaker switch for rear speakers and the other for the speaker switch for centers.

Elevation 2 (ceiling): 

  • 10 speakers total
  • One pair of powered subs
  • Two Center channel speakers (one for the rear)
  • Two pairs of front speakers
  • Two pairs of rear speakers
  • One pair of pseudo subs
  • A ‘y’ cable
  • Lot’s of speaker wire which will vary based on the room size

One 5.1 channel receiver with a ‘y’ cable to connect dual subs with. Place one sub in the rear left corner of the room and the other in the rear right corner. Run a speaker switch off the center, rear and front speaker ports on the receiver. If you have a “a/b” or an “a and b” option for front speakers then you will need not a speaker switch for the front speakers. Connect 2 pairs of front speakers to the switch box. Connect two center channels to a switch box. Connect two pairs of rear speakers to a switch box.

To try to create a circle of sound you will be taking one pair of rear speakers at each elevation and placing them so you have a speaker on the left of the room and another on the right of the room. This will help to simulate having a side left and side right speaker like I have suggested when placing the side speakers for a 7.1 channel receiver.

One pairs of pseudo subs. One speaker under the left side speaker and the other one under the right side speaker. Both pair will connect to the speaker switch for rear speakers.

Please note: 

Also connected to the speaker switch for the rear speakers will be the rear centers. You will have one at ear level and the other at ceiling height. Sadly with this system there is simply no way to have middle centers.

Additional speaker placement tips:

When placing the speakers the goal is to create a circle and you sit in the middle of it.

So there you have it, 20.4.4 Channel Surround Sound, a slightly smaller but super easy to connect and use surround sound that still goes “Way Beyond Home Theatre.”

 

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