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How to Position Your Speakers

May 21,2022 | Retrolife

Some people may buy a good speaker, but will always think that the sound quality is not good enough, there is a way to improve the sound of any speaker: it's all about placement.

Musicians and producers who pour months of effort into creating their work deserve the best possible speaker experience, and for music lovers, they want every beat to sound as good as the artist expects it to.

The following assumes you're sitting at your desk in front of the speakers and have plenty of room to play. If not, you'll still learn something solid.

Surround Sound
If you have surround speakers, determine roughly where you are when listening, place the center channel right in front of you, and place the side speakers with the sides. Each speaker should be the same distance from your listening position, forming a circle, and if you get it right, you will hear stereo surround sound!

Speaker Height
If you have a speaker stand, adjust the height and position your speakers so that the tweeters are approximately the same height as your ears. (Tweeters are the small drivers on your speakers. They are responsible for handling the high frequency treble range.) So if you want your music to shine, point it at your ears.

Room arrangement
Make sure there are no objects between the speakers and the ears. Aim for symmetry in the speaker and furniture arrangement. The goal here is to minimize sound reflections. If your room is rectangular, ideally the speakers will face the length of the room, so place your desk on the shortest wall.

Space away from the wall
If you do have a lot of space to work with, pull the speakers away from the wall. Ideally, you want to avoid an area between 2-3 feet. If you have a small room, try to leave as much space as possible between the wall and the speakers - up to 1m - and don't place them too close to the wall, as the bass will not be as effective. This will minimize sound reflections, which can negatively affect playback clarity.

Isolate your turntable.
Your turntable should always be isolated from speaker vibration. It is best to place the turntable on a different surface than the speakers.

Studio Monitor Placement | PreSonus

It's not always easy to implement each step, and getting great sound from your speakers takes a lot of experimentation, and finding the best position will go a long way toward making your vinyl sound more three-dimensional!

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