When it comes to purchasing speakers, one thing most buyers concern themselves with is the sound production. That’s why most would have it tested at the point of purchase before eventually purchasing it. The shocker here is no matter the product or cost of a speaker if it isn’t well placed and positioned you may find yourself thinking the speaker is faulty or maybe you bought the fake. All of which may lead you into incurring unnecessary expenses.
The cheapest way to get the best out of the sound system is the placement and orientation of the speakers, which would only cost you some time and patience. Take note that the architecture of buildings and rooms vary, but more so various tips can be applied to enable you to experience excellent sound production form the sound system.
Here are a few tips to guide you when trying to figure out the right way to place your speakers;
- Before you choose where to place your speakers, first of all, figure out where you would sit when listening. Once you have that sorted out, put the speakers so that they take the shape of an equilateral triangle with the place you have chosen as your listening position. See image below;
If the speakers you have are the surround sound type of speakers, the equilateral triangle positioned isn’t changed, the only addition here is the side speakers which are now placed at about 110 degrees angle on the sides, maintaining the same distance between speaker and listening position which would like to look like you have a triangle in a circle. See image below;
- When setting up your room and also positioning your speakers, ensure that there are no objects placed between your speaker and your ears. In arranging furniture and positioning your speakers, endeavor to keep them symmetrically, this would help in reducing sound reflections to the barest minimum which is what you are trying to achieve.
- Also when placing your speaker, they shouldn’t be too close to the wall. There should be about a two to three feet distance between the speaker and the wall. Again this is to help minimize sound reflections which can further have a negative impact on the clarity of playback.
- Now, no matter the type of speaker, there has to be a considerable distance between speakers else the sound produced by the speakers if too close would blend and then become muddy. However, the speakers shouldn’t be too far apart either.
- Every speaker has something called tweeters which are small drivers responsible for handling the high-frequency treble range. Why is this important? Because in speaker positioning, it is best to keep the tweeters at approximately the same height as your ears.
- Some speakers are manufactured such that the need to angle the speakers inward (toe-in) isn’t necessary, of course, this is entirely dependent on the brand, so endeavor to check your speaker’s manual. If that isn’t the case; the ideal way to position your speakers is such that they both point toward the listener. To get the best sound out of this, you would have to keep testing various angle degrees until you find the spot that gives you exactly what you want.
- Speakers that are not designed to be floor standing tower speakers shouldn’t be kept directly on the floor but kept on stands or shelves that are high enough to align the speakers with the ears or head.
- it is goof practice to place speakers on a different surface from the device responsible for controlling music or movies, like the turntable, DVD player and the likes. In doing you isolate it from the speaker vibrations.
It isn’t always easy to follow every rule or guideline there is to get a good sound. A lot of great sounds are gained from speakers by constant adjustments and a few trial and errors, but adhering to the basics would at most get you right and quality sound out of your sound system.
So don’t get scared of carried various experiments when trying to place your speakers, like earlier mentioned the architecture of rooms varies. The above listed are to act as a guide to getting the best out of your speakers no matter the brand or cost.