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Optimal placement of front speakers
« on: September 10, 2020, 12:54 »
Hello there,
Previous thread: http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=298530.0

So I got my bookshelf speakers for my fronts. Still learning about speaker placement.

1) Side view of my TV console - https://ibb.co/H4YwLHR

2) Side view of TV console and sofa - I sketched my sitting position, I am about 2.5m away from the C speaker - https://ibb.co/313gCnn

3) View of TV console from my seated position (eye level) - https://ibb.co/mJ0zB4v

Some questions I have:
- as the LR speakers are below my ear level, should I elevate them or point them towards my sitting position instead?
- the C speaker is also below my ear level, should I tilt it upwards towards my ear level?
- should I move my C speaker further back (may have to prop up the TV higher; wall mounting not an option for me)


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Re: Optimal placement of front speakers
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2020, 13:55 »
You should tilt the speakers up towards ear level. The distance of the CC can remain as it is since auto EQ will set the distance/delay.
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Re: Optimal placement of front speakers
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2020, 14:17 »
You should tilt the speakers up towards ear level. The distance of the CC can remain as it is since auto EQ will set the distance/delay.

In the home-theater setup, did you really hear the significant difference when you tilted towards your ear levels?
I wonder

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Re: Optimal placement of front speakers
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2020, 14:21 »
i am more concerned in getting the speakers to perform better. putting proper isolation footers below them.
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Re: Optimal placement of front speakers
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2020, 15:13 »
In the home-theater setup, did you really hear the significant difference when you tilted towards your ear levels?
I wonder
Clarify for me. It depends on the off-axis characteristics of the speakers


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Re: Optimal placement of front speakers
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2020, 15:31 »
You should tilt the speakers up towards ear level. The distance of the CC can remain as it is since auto EQ will set the distance/delay.
Do you mean to tilt all the LCR speakers toward the ear level? Does elevating the LR speakers using stands help?

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Re: Optimal placement of front speakers
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2020, 15:35 »
To me it does help if the speakers are on a stand or at least tilt them to point towards your ears


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Re: Optimal placement of front speakers
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2020, 15:36 »
To me it does help if the speakers are on a stand or at least tilt them to point towards your ears


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I can only put the LR on stands to be on level with the ears. However, the center speaker can only tilt upwards.

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Re: Optimal placement of front speakers
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2020, 17:56 »
Since they are bookshelf speakers, why not use some books to lift up or tilt. let your own ear as final judgement. rem to do auto room correction to optimise the result once you final the position.

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Re: Optimal placement of front speakers
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2020, 18:01 »
if your sitting position or the speaker position allow to move forward or backward, you could try moving a foot forward and repeat the contents you are very familiar with. there will be a distance your own ear will know what is the best distance on the speakers best performance. if no, auto room correction will help.

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Re: Optimal placement of front speakers
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2020, 19:28 »
Few suggestions that will likely bring up your HT experience quite significantly.

1) pull your front speakers to the widest apart on table where possible to have wider sound stage and increase the speakers angle to mlp. (see dolby specs for the min angle). From the photo, it seems u may not have the minimum angle. If its possible, I would wall mount the speakers and place them apart as wide as possible on the wall.

2) raise your LR speakers by putting something below, till tweeter is at ear level, like what bro Rayleh and guess here said. Golden rule that must follow. But raising your speaker will be much better than tilting, so raise if u can. Good that u have isolation pad already for LR speakers.

3) add footers/pad to centre speaker to isolate it from console like what bro DJQ suggested. And tilt centre speaker such that tweeter points slightly above ear level like wat bro Rayleh suggested. So that the centre speaker sound will sound more like coming from the screen and not below.

4) your mlp is against the wall. Not ideal. Suggest that u move mlp forward during watching. It will make a BIG difference. Mine was like that too for many years until bros here advised strongly to move mlp away from wall. But wife didn't allow. So i just moved mlp forward during HT time and move back sofa after use. Made her and myself happy

Once u do the above, do a proper recalibration again.

Try it out and let us know if u hear improvements. Hope this helps :)

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Re: Optimal placement of front speakers
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2020, 19:38 »
i am more concerned in getting the speakers to perform better. putting proper isolation footers below them.

Agree with the isolation footers placement and also place the front L and R as wide as possible for a distinctive hearing separation cheers.
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Re: Optimal placement of front speakers
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2020, 19:46 »
Few suggestions that will likely bring up your HT experience quite significantly.

1) pull your front speakers to the widest apart on table where possible to have wider sound stage and increase the speakers angle to mlp. (see dolby specs for the min angle). From the photo, it seems u may not have the minimum angle. If its possible, I would wall mount the speakers and place them apart as wide as possible on the wall.

2) raise your LR speakers by putting something below, till tweeter is at ear level. Golden rule that must follow. Good that u have isolation pad already.

3) add footers/pad to centre speaker to isolate it from console. And tilt centre speaker such that tweeter points slightly above ear level. So that the centre speaker sound will sound more like coming from the screen and not below.

4) your mlp is against the wall. Not ideal. Suggest that u move mlp forward during watching. It will make a BIG difference. Mine was like that too for many years until bros here advised strongly to move mlp away from wall. But wife didn't allow. So i just moved mlp forward during HT time and move back sofa after use. Made her and myself happy

Once u do the above, do a proper recalibration again.

Try it out and let us know if u hear improvements. Hope this helps :)



Thanks for the inputs. What is mlp?

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Re: Optimal placement of front speakers
« Reply #13 on: September 10, 2020, 19:46 »
Main listening position


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Re: Optimal placement of front speakers
« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2020, 19:47 »
Since they are bookshelf speakers, why not use some books to lift up or tilt. let your own ear as final judgement. rem to do auto room correction to optimise the result once you final the position.

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