Just sharing a little movie night I experienced at a friend's home recently..
has a place with a 5.1 setup using Mirage Sats and a 6" sub, and a
Epson 3600 Projector. His source was a Denon BR and a 1910 AV amp in a
small living room of his apartment.
The Front Left and Right
channels were mounted near the top of the wall next to the ceiling, and
the rear surrounds were also just as high. The centre was on his
console, just below the edge of his Remaco screen which has a gain of
We used Hero, and the Art of Flight as demos.
We used two scenes used from Hero:
- the fight between Donnie and Jet at the chess parlour first:
could hear the sound of raindrops and the splatter onto the floor, the
Mirage satellites did a nice job with the highs, and you could get a
good sense of ambiance. However in the sound transitions from one
speaker to another, they didn't do so well, as the sound was isolated to
the ceiling, next to the speaker, and when the action traveled from one
speaker to the adjacent one, there was a gap instead of a convincing
transition. In particular when the action was panning from the left to
right and vice versa, you could not get a smooth panning of the action
and the sound leapt from one speaker to the next, with a large gap in
The other issue was the integration between the sub and
the small sats. The mids, and even the bass was lacking, and where you
are supposed to get a solid thud, you get a mild rumble.
the reason could also be the fact that he was using a small subwoofer
with a 6" cone, and integration / calibration was found wanting.
in the second scene at the book room, again you hear good ambience but
as Hero (Jet Li) flies around the room, you lose the smooth transition,
and you can clearly hear that the sound is limited to the speaker.
Furthermore, the sound comes from up high, which works for ambiance, but
instead of the action occurring around you, it's high up above the
On the other hand, the Epson which is almost 5 years
old, did a sterling job of conveying color, depth, and detail. The only
caveat was that the blacks were more greyish in nature. But in bright
scenes, and even darker ones, the color was very impressive. You do get
some "soap opera effect", and if you are bothered by this, then you
should choose your projector carefully...
In conclusion, the Projector impressed, and the Mirage Sats had
high WAF, with a very nice treble, but ceiling or near ceiling speakers
are certainly not the ideal position for surround placement, and a large
distance in height between the centre and the fronts make for a poor
transition and panning.
Do plan your placement or if WAF takes precedent, then understand the limitations of the surround envelop you can create.
I have no financial interest or other interests in any of the items / events I write about.