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Home Theater Speaker Placement: Improving Your Home Theater Experience

Whether you are planning on investing a hefty amount of your savings or a smaller portion of your budget on your home theater, your speaker positioning will play a significant role in the sound quality and sonic efficiency in your home theater room.

Typically the directions that are included with your speakers will provide you fairly good recommendations for where to put them within a space you have. However below are a couple of things to think about as you begin to plan the layout and set up your new home theater speakers.

Center Channel Speaker
This speaker’s primary purpose is to anchor the sounds on-screen, like the dialogs coming from the show you are watching.

Tips for positioning of the center channel speaker:

  1. Center it directly above or slightly below your tv to give you a line of sight.
  2. If you put it above the television, the front edge of the speaker ought to line up precisely with the leading edge of the tv. This will cut down on any sound “bouncing around” inside the tv cabinet.
  3. The tweeter of this particular speaker should be at the same height as the tweeters of the front speakers. If you can achieve this to within 24 inches, that will enable the best sound quality.
  4. The front speakers and this particular speaker must be spaced the very same range away from your planned listening position.

These speakers have two unique purposes. They reproduce stereo music sound while likewise handling a film’s soundtrack.

Tips for placement of the front speakers:
The front right, front left, and center channel speakers should all be approximately the same distance from where you are sitting, with the tweeters of each directed at your ears. Don’t just eyeball this and get an approximate length, as even an inch variation in the distance of the speakers can make a visible distinction in your home audio system’s sound quality.
These speakers’ tweeters need to be even to your ear level when seated in the optimum listening position. Smaller sized home theater speakers can be mounted on the wall or put on a speaker stand.

The purpose of the surround speakers is to provide low and high-level noise from other parts of the room, developing a motion picture theater feel in your home theater. The surround speaker positioning will depend on the size of your home theater, the shape of the room, and the space required for the rear speakers. Be creative and try out the placement of these particular speakers throughout the room.

Tips for positioning of the surround speakers:
Place the main pair to the right and the left of your ideal listening position. When positioning to the side is difficult, or when you have a surround system with more than two surround speakers, you might wish to stand the speakers behind the listening position, with the noise being directed toward the front of the room.

  1. These speakers must be placed at approximately ear level when you are in a standing position.
  2. Experiment with the intending of these speakers when mounted on the walls. Sometimes good outcomes can be accomplished when you point them up at the ceiling or back at the rear corners of the room.

A home theater subwoofer provides your home audio system with all the low bass frequencies needed for a theater, surround sound experience. It is one of the least hard to position. Most of the times, you can place your home theater subwoofer throughout your home theater and still get great results.

There is no one “perfect” placement for any given home theater speaker. All it indicates is take the advice given and customize it when you install your home theater speakers to accommodate your specific requirements.