Best Strategy for Surround Sound Placement of Speakers

surround sound placement of speakersOkay last blog I got very in depth with the subject of sub-woofer placement. This time I want to talk about the optimal choices for your surround sound placement of speakers.

In a basic 5.1 surround sound setup you have 6 speakers, the 5 full range speakers and .1 being the sub-woofer. There are a front left and front right speaker, a center speaker and a surround left and surround right speaker. Alternatively you could have a 7.1 in which case there is one more pair of left and right speakers in the rear.

The Center Speaker

This is the most important speaker in the entire system. It usually will produce most of the vocal sounds and dialog and brings the listeners focus to the TV. For that reason I would suggest going with a quality speaker. This is not the speaker you want to try and save a buck on, or time for that matter when placing it. Usually this speaker will need to be either directly above the TV or right below it, or behind it in the case of a perforated projection screen. I sometimes hear clients say that they don’t want the speakers to be seen. Even if they are to be mounted flush in the wall and painted, they prefer to have the speakers out of site. Now I’m an audio engineer at heart so if you ask me to compromise sound for the sake of aesthetics I’ll tell you’re crazy. But at any rate if the center speaker is going to disrupt your contemporary design theme, then best place for it would be on the ceiling flush mounted above the TV. It will still be seen but you’d have to look up to notice it, and it is going to be the most attractive object on the ceiling anyway (l love the way in-ceiling speakers look).

The Front Speakers

You want the Left and Right speakers to be anywhere between 22 and 30 degrees relative to the axis between you and the TV. Or if you want a simpler rule of thumb (though not as accurate) they should form an equilateral triangle between you and the two speakers. Hence the farther away you are from the TV. The farther the left and right speakers are going to need to be. Best if you can get them at ear level. But if you must compromise due to your interior design, directly above these relative positions on the ceiling works as well.

The Rear Speakers

The rear speakers (or surround speakers) should be placed any where between 90 to 110 degrees relative to the axis between you and the TV. To put it simply. The surround sound speakers should be aiming directly into your ear from the side or a little bit behind you.

Make sure at the end of your setup you run the calibration on your receiver. Speakers that are close to corners will have about a 6db boost as apposed to speakers in an open area. So those speakers in the corners will need to be attenuated.

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