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How To Place Home Theater Speakers

How to Place Home Theater Speakers - You have a television receiver and home theater; You just bought a new speaker and subwoofer and are ready to test it all. It's time to remove the measuring tape as precision is essential to reaching the full potential of your home theater system. For this article, we will focus on the 5.1 surround sound system. The term "5.1" refers to the number of speakers and subwoofers respectively in the system. So for a 5.1 surround sound system, there are five speakers (center channel, two front speakers and two rear speakers) and one subwoofer. When placing your home theater speakers, try to use the same number of speaker cables for each type of speaker. For example, use cables of the same length for each front speaker. This will allow the signal to reach each speaker at almost the same time. I say "about" because there are variations in the wiring that can cause the signal to reach one speaker a little (fractions of a second) before the other. By keeping the two lengths the same, you ensure that this delay is kept small and not too obvious.

Center Channel The center channel should always be positioned directly above or directly below the display screen. Make sure the speaker is directed directly to the audience.


Front Speakers Both front speakers must be the same distance from the audience as the center channel. Doing this will ensure that sound will flow from each speaker to the audience at the same time and reduces the chance of any noticeable delay between what is happening on the screen and when you hear it. Each front speaker must also be placed at an equal distance from the TV on both sides. This distance depends on your specific taste; make sure they are the same distance.

Rear Speakers Rear speakers must be mounted to the wall on both sides of the audience. Its purpose is to give a sense of atmosphere, not to provide the main sound for your home theater system. Therefore, they shouldn't be directed directly into the audience's ears or you run the risk of turning on the center channel and the two front speakers. Again, distance matters. Try to keep the rear speakers the same distance from the TV to use the same number of speaker wires and if possible keep the same distance from the audience.

Subwoofer Bass tones are by nature more difficult to localize than the midrange and high tones of the other five speakers. This will give you more freedom to place the subwoofer. However, the location around the subwoofer can greatly affect the bass tone you hear. Placing the subwoofer in a corner or under a table will create a deeper resonating tone as sound waves bounce off the surface. The placement of the subwoofer is up to you, depending on the type of bass you want. Experiment with different locations and find the one that suits your taste best.

Realizing the full potential of your home theater speakers is not a difficult task. By following these guidelines, you will be ready to enjoy your home theater as it was meant to be heard.


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