How Your Speaker Placements Affect What You Hear

Posted by Eric on 3/3/2014
It is not enough to buy high-quality speakers; you also have to learn where to place those speakers for the best effect. Speaker placement makes a significant difference in audio quality; if you do not put your speakers in the right place, you end up with distorted, blurred or unbalanced audio.

One of the most common mistakes people make when placing speakers is putting the speakers against a wall or pushing them into a corner. This prevents the sound from fully vibrating, meaning you lose resonance and nuance. Instead, make sure there is about a foot of space between your speakers and the wall. Many speaker wall mounts include extender arms to provide that necessary space.

The second mistake people make is putting their speakers on the floor. Ideally, your speakers need to be placed at ear level or higher. Remember that the floor also acts as another wall and inhibits vibration.

Putting speakers too closely together causes distortion; putting two speakers at different distances from your listening area causes unbalanced audio. For treble/bass balance, always put your woofers below your tweeters.

If you want to install two speakers, place them so that they form two points of an equilateral triangle with the center of your room serving as the third point. If you want to install surround sound speakers, make sure your speakers are equally positioned throughout the room. Surround sound speakers need to form a circle with your sofa or chair in the middle.

Speaker placement makes or breaks your speaker audio. Good speaker placement gives you clean, crisp, rich sound, and even makes inexpensive speakers sound great. Poor speaker placement gives you muddled or unbalanced sound. Follow these tips for good speaker placement, and try slight position adjustments until you like what you hear.