So you have bought a sweet new set of speakers and you are all ready to set them up. Well, where should you place them? This article is about speaker placement. Speaker placement is all important. To get the best possible sound experience, it is vital that you place your speakers in an optimum position according to the layout of the room. It is well known that certain pieces of furniture reflect sound and other objects do not. It is therefore important to experiment with the speaker placement before making your final decision.
The first thing to remember is speaker placement in relation to the wall. Don't place your speakers to close to any wall to avoid a boomy bass response. Try to keep some space between your speakers and the wall in general. One of the most interesting rules of thumb for speaker placement is the 1.6 rule. This rule states that the distance from the side walls to the speakers should be 1.6 times the distance from the front wall and the speakers.
The front wall is simply the wall that is directly behind your speakers and the side walls are the walls to the side of your speakers. So, if you place your speakers 2 feet from the front wall, then they should be 3.2 feet away from the side wall.
Try to see where you will be positioned for most of your time spent in the room. If you have a couch or a chair where you spend most of your time, then that will be the position that you want your speakers pointed towards. So go ahead and point your speakers inwards towards your sitting position for maximum effect.
This is all about finding the sweet spot of the speaker position in relation to the listening position. Another way of finding the sweet spot is to position the speaker such that the distance between the back of the speakers and the wall is between 1/3 and 1/5 of the total room length. Move the speakers between these zones to try to find the sweet spot in relation to your preferred listening position.
A good way to get the perfect sound from your subwoofer is to actually get down on your hands and knees and crawl. First find your listening position. Remember, this could be a chair or a couch where you are most likely to spend your time whilst in the room, then place the subwoofer in that listening position and move around the room on your hands in knees looking for the spot with the best bass response.
Once you find the sweet spot, place the subwoofer exactly there. The subwoofer is probably the hardest to place in your entire speaker system so you want to spend a considerable amount of time trying to get the position just right.
Remember if you spend a lot of money on speakers then it is even more important that you experiment with appropriate speaker placement. There is indeed a great difference in sound between good and bad speaker placement.