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Home Theater Speaker Placement

One of the important aspects of home theater setup is the placement of speakers. By knowing the correct speaker placement can help you achieve the best cinematic experience right in your living room.

Since most people invest in at least a 5.1 surround sound speaker nowadays, so in this article, we are going to focus on this system. The term “5.1” refers to the five speakers (a center channel speaker, two front speakers and two rear speakers) and one subwoofer. When placing your home theater speakers, try to use the same amount of speaker wire for each type of speaker. For example, use the same length of wire to each front speaker. This will allow the signal to reach each speaker in about the same instant.

Center Channel speaker
Your center channel speaker should be the first speaker you place in your home theater room. Because it is used to anchor dialogue and other on-screen sounds to the screen. The center channel should always be placed either immediately above or below the TV screen. Make sure the speakers pointed directly at the audience. If possible, the height of the center channel speaker’s tweeter should be close to the height of your front speakers’ tweeters – ideally, within about 24 “or less. If you are placing center channel speaker on a particularly low cabinet, then you can use center speaker’s cradle to tilt the sound up towards your seating position.

Front speakers
front speakers placementFront speakers responsible for reproducing all of the sound when you listen to stereo music. This makes their position relative to your listening position especially important. The position of the two front speakers should be equidistant from the audience as the center channel. This will ensure that the sound will travel from each speaker to the audience in the same amount of time and reduces the chances of there being a noticeable delay between what takes place on screen to when you hear it.

Together with a center channel speaker you, they should form a slight arc, so that all three speakers are exactly at the same distance from where you sit. We recommend you to measure the distance because just an inch or two away can actually make a noticeable difference in the way your system sounds.

Rear speakers
The rear speakers should be mounted on the wall on either side of the audience. Their goal is to provide a sense of atmosphere and special effects. Therefore, they should not be pointed directly at the audience, or you risk over powering the center channel and two front speakers. Again, distance is important. Try to have the rear speakers the same distance from the TV in order to use the same amount of speaker wire and if possible have them placed equidistance from the audience.

5.1 surround sound speakers placement

5.1-channel setup with the surround speakers wall-mounted to the sides of

Subwoofer
Subwoofer is the crucial component in sound system, but it is also one of the least demanding speakers to position. Since low bass frequencies are omnidirectional, you can usually place your subwoofer just about anywhere in your home theater room with good results. However, the location surrounding the subwoofer can greatly affect the tone of bass you hear. Placing the subwoofer in a corner or under a table will create a deeper resonating tone as the sound waves reflected from the surface.

The key to home theater speaker placement to make sure you experiment with different placement and set up in your room. By taking the time to find the proper acoustics in your room, you will be able to find the best sound quality of your sound system. The only way to get the most out of your system is to play around with it, otherwise you might as well not go to all the trouble buying the system in the first place.

If you are still not getting the surround sound you’re looking for, you might want to hire a home theater designer. A professional home theater designer can help you set-up your speakers in a way you never thought possible that will ensure you will get best surround sound experience like in the cinema right in your living room.

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