I installed the surround speakers of my DVD entertainment system today. I'd
been holding off for a while because I was going to have to take the wires
up through the insulation-filled attic and drop them down through the
ceiling into the great room, which is an outside wall. I have vaulted
ceilings which are high on one side and low on the other. Needless to say,
getting to the low side to get the wire was very difficult. I was prone
across the ceiling joists and the roof nails were almost touching my head.
Now to the point of all this. I installed the mounting brackets on the wall
91" from the floor. I checked and double-checked the measurements. I even
measured from the wall railing to make sure. After I attached the speakers
and adjusted them evenly, I (and wife) noticed the left speaker was lower
than the right one. The left one has the high wall and the right one has
the low wall. I got out the measuring tape and checked it again. To the
bottom of the mount was exactly 91". I tried adjusting the speaker on the
bracket and still couldn't get it to look right. I swear it it was a good
2" lower than the right speaker. I ended up having to remount the left
speaker higher and later filling in the extra holes.
How can this be? My floors aren't that unlevel. I am on a concrete slab.
Your floors may be off a little and the strike line for the drywall guy may
be off a little from the visual line of the ceiling. An inch here and there
A tip from a drapery installer, more people notice a difference at the top
than at the bottom. Measure down from the ceiling when installing things
close to it.
Perhaps because you "have vaulted ceilings which are high on one side and
low on the other" and they fool the eye?
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Floors, ceilings, and walls are not always square or level. I recently
remodeled a porch where *nothing* was square or level. I prefer to make my
corners square and my posts level, but for this project, I just had to
"eyeball" it so it looked right.
"badgolferman" wrote in message
But how is the ceiling?
If the ceiling is closer to the speakers than the floor is, that is
what your eye will use to judge if they're lever (whether they are or
not). Other wall mountings in the area may affect your perception as
Thanks for the warning, but it's like riding past a car wreck,
I just can't help but look...
The beauty of it all is that no matter how you justify the
locations, one or more of your anal retentive friends will
surely notice that they aren't (gasp) *perfect*, probably
because he has his new DeWalt XLL-5000 Laser Level out in
the trunk and wants to show it off.
So, he, you, and any other heat seeker frineds who may be
present can all inspect and ponder the issue. I'm sure at
least one of them will have a suggestion for a new, hot
electronic solution to your problem. The Omniview SPM3000
Sensory Perspective Modulator, they will have just read
about it in Stereo Review. You can then proceed to have
your little nitpicker heat seeker group meltdown over the
insignificant dilema of the day.
Its an optical illusion. Most houses with half cathedral ceilings will
have this "issue" one way or the other. I'll bet if you stand at the
"high" wall and your wife stands at the "low" wall, she will "look"
closer to you than you do to her. Switch places and see if I'm not
right. Then you will have to decide whether you want optical or
acoustical "balance." <bleeping architects>
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Sound like you've got the makings of an ideal location for opening up
one of those tourist attraction "Mystery Houses".
Water runs "uphill", Peoples' heights "change" relative to each other
when they switch between the two "level" pedestals they are standing on,
and similar foolishness.
Was your architect named Escher?
Maybe your place can be a moneymaker for you this summer?
Jeff Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
"My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying."
1. You used the metric side of the rule on one, and the inch side on
2. Your eyeglasses need to be replaced.
3. You've been drinking too much booze.
4. You medication is too strong.
5. Your house shifted after you added the weight and will soon
On Mon, 31 May 2004 21:20:32 -0400, "badgolferman"
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