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House Theatre Speaker Placement: Improving Your House Theater Experience

Whether investing a large amount of your cost savings or a small part of your budget on your home theater, your speaker positioning will play a big role in the sound quality and sonic performance in your home theater space.

The instructions that include your speakers will offer you recommendation for where to put them within a space but below are a couple of things to think about as you begin setting up your brand-new house theater speakers.

CHANNEL SPEAKER
This speaker's primary purpose is to anchor sounds on-screen, like discussion.

Tips for placement of the center channel speaker:
1. Center it directly above or below your tv.
2. The front edge of the speaker need to line up precisely with the front edge of the tv if you put it above the tv. This will cut down on any type of sound "bouncing around" inside the tv cabinet.
3. The tweeter of this particular speaker must be at the same height as the tweeters of the front speakers. If you can achieve this to within 24 inches, that will allow for the very best sound quality.
4. The front speakers and this particular speaker need to be spaced the same distance away from your planned listening position.

FRONT SPEAKERS: BOTH LEFT AND RIGHT
These speakers have two unique functions. They replicate stereo music noise while likewise managing a movie's soundtrack.

Tips for placement of the front speakers:
1. Discover your ideal listening position. Now area the 2 front speakers at points in the space that are equivalent is range to that position, with one to the left and one to the right. The front right, front left and center channel speakers need to all be approximately the same range from where you are sitting, with the tweeters of each directed at your ears. Don't simply eyeball this and get an approximate range, as even an inch variation in the range of the speakers can make a noticeable difference in your house audio system's sound quality.
2. These speakers' tweeters should be even to your ear level when seated in the optimum listening position. Smaller house theater speakers can be installed on the wall or placed on a speaker stand. Floor standing speakers generally have this covered in their design.

SURROUND SPEAKERS
The function of the surround speakers is to offer low and high level sound from other parts of the space, developing a cinema feel in your house theater. The surround speaker positioning will depend on the size of your home theater, the shape of the space, and the space required for the actual speakers. Be innovative and explore the placement of these particular speakers throughout the room.

Tips for positioning of the surround speakers:
Location the primary pair to the right and to the left of your ideal listening position. When positioning to the side is difficult, or when you have a surround system with more than 2 surround speakers, you might want to position the speakers behind the listening position, with the sound being directed toward the front of the room.
2. These speakers need to be placed at approximately ear level when you remain in a standing position.
3. When installed on the walls, experiment with the intending of these speakers. Often great results can be attained when you point them up at the ceiling or back at the rear corners of the room.

SUBWOOFER
A house theater subwoofer offers your house audio system with all the low bass frequencies required for a movie theater, surround sound experience. However, it is one of the least hard to place. In many cases, you can position your home theater subwoofer anywhere in your home theater and still get good outcomes.

There is no one "best" placement for any provided home theater speaker. All it implies is take the recommendations provided and modify it when you actually install your home theater speakers to accommodate your specific requirements.

~ Ben Anton, 2007

The tweeter of this particular speaker ought to be at the same height as the tweeters of the front speakers. Smaller home theater speakers can be installed on the wall or placed on a speaker stand. The function of the surround speakers is to offer high and low level noise from other parts of the room, developing a movie theater feel in your house theater. The surround speaker positioning will depend on the size of your house theater, the shape of the room, and the space required for the actual speakers. When positioning to the side is impossible, or when you have a surround system with more than 2 surround speakers, you may wish to position the speakers behind the listening position, with the noise being directed towards the front of the space.