What You Didn't Know About Placement Of Speakers

Posted at June 28th, 2016 | by Supreet.cheema | in

Whether you are setting up your newly purchased speakers or unbundling a complex new home theater, having some knowledge about the science of speaker placement can help you get the most out of your new sound system. Most of us never give so much thought on where to place the speakers but right placement can really change the quality of sound you get out of them. The most important factor to consider after the speaker themselves when it comes to sound quality is the room. If you put the speakers too close to the walls, you will get boomy and shut-in sound, which gets even more pronounced if you put them near the corners of your room.

Moreover, you will get to hear better sound quality if the speakers are facing the spot where you sit and are at the same height as your ears. You can adjust the quality by changing the angle at which speakers are placed. To get the best quality sound out of your speakers, they should be angled so that the axis of an imaginary line coming from the speakers crosses in front of or behind your head.


Did you know that stereo was invented to get user to experience a solid acoustic image of say a singer’s voice in front of him/her, giving a sense that the singer/musician is present in that very room. According to audio guru Jason Kennedy who recently wrote a step-by-step guide to speaker placement, “When you set up your speakers, try sitting in the so-called sweet spot – basically in front of and in between them – and play a song with a clear vocal then close your eyes and see if you get the sense of a 3D ‘image’ of their voice in a particular position. If not then carefully adjust the angle of the speakers until this happens.

Kennedy also points that if your speakers have grilles on, removing them makes for a crisper, clearer sound.


Also, there has always been this question of what to put between speaker and stand or floor. People have previously applied the theory that spikes effectively nail the speaker to the floor or stand but more recently that this application has negative effect on the sound quality. Rather what works better is to isolate the speaker from whatever it’s sitting on. You can do this using soft pads of rubber or foam.


Source: thevinylfactory



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