30.4.4 Channel Surround Sound:

“The Complete surround sound for a true theatre experience in your home.”

   30.4.4: Months back, if you recall, I talked about not knowing what the latest and greatest surround sound would be or who would create it. News flash! – It’s me again coming up with yet another over the top surround sound setup for only the most avid of home movie watchers to enjoy. So here it is;  30.4.4 channel surround sound. I have said this before and perhaps I will have to eat my words again, but this will be our largest surround sound ever and I seriously doubt anyone will ever top this one, including me! This surround sound is more than twice the size of our largest surround sound at the time – 15.2 channel surround sound that was introduced back in 2014!

First off let me go over the uniqueness of this setup:

  • Almost no crazy wire splicing. I know that does not seem possible, but it’s true.
  • Only two receivers will be needed for this. Both will need to be 7.1 channel surround sound receivers. One of them will power all ceiling height speakers.
  • 4 speaker selector boxes (switches) will be needed and of course lots of speaker wire.
  • 30 speakers.
  • 4 powered sub woofers. Two ‘y’ cables will be needed (unless you are using 7.2 channel receivers).
  • 4 Pseudo Subs. (Psuedo Subs are a Premium Audio exclusive idea that was first discussed in 2014 and later evolved in late 2016).
  • 3 different heights of speakers to best capture all angles of sound.
  • An entirely new placement of two speakers. These speakers have never been used anywhere (even with us) and will finally bring sound into the middle of the room. I refer to them as “middle center” speakers.

Please note: to be able to get all of these speakers appropriately placed will require either wall mounting, shelving or custom speaker stands. Premium Audio will have a new e-book out early 2018 covering just how to make custom speaker stands of varying function and style. No one has ever come up with anything like these before. Please check back on our site early 2018 to be able to purchase this affordable e-book.

Elevation 1 (Ear Level/Floor Level):

13 total speakers plus 4 psuedo subs and 4 powered sub woofers.

2 pair of left and right front speakers

1 front center

1 pair of side left and right speakers

2 pair of left and right rear speakers

1 rear center

1 middle center

4 pseudo subs. One placed by the front center, one by the rear center, one by the side left speaker and one by the side right speaker.

4 powered sub woofers. One placed in each corner of the room.

Elevation 2 (Half way up the wall):

4 total speakers.

1 pair of left and right front speakers

1 pair of left and right rear speakers

Elevation 3 (Ceiling Height):

13 total speakers.

2 pair of left and right front speakers

1 front center speaker

1 pair of side left and right speakers (placed in the middle of the room between the front and back).

2 pair of left and right rear speakers

1 rear center

1 Middle Center

Middle Center speakers:

I just created this type of speaker so allow me to explain what it does and where to place it. Everyone always talks about a circle of surround sound. The idea being that you sit in the middle of a room full of strategically located speakers. Good idea except that only my surround sounds really create a circle and theirs create at best a half circle in the front and half circle in the back. What about the sound coming from the middle of the circle? Are we to believe that the movies we watch have all this sound going on around us but dead silence in the middle of the action? That seems strange to me so I decided to fix this glitch in the movie soundtracks.

Keep in mind I cannot change how a film is encoded with where to place the sound or even what sounds to send to a specific speaker, but I can still alter it and I believe make it more believable. I do this by running a speaker switch off of the side back speakers on the receiver. I refer to this as the side left and side right because I have never agreed with Dolby’s idea of placing these speakers in the back. Sound needs to come from the sides too! Notice my surround sounds place their side back speakers on the sides of the room (thus creating a circle of surround sound). So as I was saying you will run a speaker selector box (switch) off of the side back speakers on the receiver. Then you need to connect one pair of speakers to this switch and one individual speaker. One speaker will go on the left side of the room and the other on the right side of the room. What is different is what we do with the individual speaker. This speaker is extra special and will be placed on the floor in the middle of the room and angled upward slightly towards your feet. You will repeat this process for the other receiver. On the receiver controlling the ceiling height speakers you will place your middle center speaker aiming down from the middle of the ceiling.

What does this do? Dolby says that the surround back speakers can be placed either behind the seating area (to create a half circle behind you) or wall mounted up front. They state it doesn’t matter which setup you use. I figured out that this is because not much sound comes out here (regardless of volume, speaker size, movie or how good the speaker is). Rather disappointing in my opinion that they do not really utilize this speaker much but how can they when they do not really know where you will place these speakers? Not knowing where they will be placed makes it difficult to determine what sounds should come out of them and when the sound should be heard. Keeping that in mind with my idea of having side speakers and middle centers whatever that sound will be, will most likely be better than having no sound come out of those locations. Some films will sound better than others with the side and middle center speakers.

  • The additional speaker selector boxes (switches) mentioned for this surround sound will be placed as follows:

Elevation 1:

  The front left and right speakers will require a switch running off of the front left and right speakers on the back of the receiver. This will allow the additional speakers to be used.

  The left and right rear speakers will require a switch running off of the front left and right speakers on the back of the receiver. This will allow the additional speakers to be used.

Elevation 2:

  The front left and right speakers will require a switch running off of the front left and right speakers on the back of the receiver. This will allow the additional speakers to be used.

  The left and right rear speakers will require a switch running off of the front left and right speakers on the back of the receiver. This will allow the additional speakers to be used.

Have fun experimenting with this like I do!

Click here for the diagram of where to place your speakers for this setup.

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