10' 5' 10'
Figure 5. Illustration depicts the optimum placement zone
for a listening distance of 10 feet.
PLACING LOUDSPEAKERS FOR THE BEST SOUND QUALITY
When using more than one pair, it is usually best to alternate a left channel and then a right
channel, so that you have the best possible stereo coverage possible.
The position of the loudspeakers and their surroundings play a very important role in how a stereo
image is created. You should experiment to ﬁnd the very best position for your loudspeakers. Here
are some guidelines to make the process quick and easy.
Make sure you are not blocking or reﬂecting the sound off of furniture or other objects. You
should have a direct line of sight with the front of the loudspeaker. To determine the best position,
measure the distance between the ideal listening position and the wall you plan to mount the
loudspeakers on. Try to place the loudspeakers so that they are at least one-half the listening
distance apart (this maintains a large, pleasant stereo “image”) and less than the entire listening
distance (this avoids a “hole-in-the-middle” effect). For example; if you are ten feet back from the
wall, the loudspeakers should be between 5 and 10 feet apart (see Figure 5).
If possible, mount the loudspeakers between 8 and 12 feet high. The less the downward angle
of the loudspeaker, the further the sound will carry. If the sound is carrying into areas where you
do not want sound, try pointing the loudspeakers more downward; this will reduce the amount of
sound further away from the loudspeaker.
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