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Subwoofer placement... (Behind cushions and stuff?)

Discussion in 'Subwoofers' started by jabberwock1977, Jul 26, 2004.

  1. jabberwock1977

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    Hi... I've got a question about subwoofer placement that i haven't seen answered in the various guides.
    Basically my preferred position for my subwoofer is in a corner behind the tv.. ok so far. However, next to the TV and right in front of where I'll put the sub is a stack of 2 bean bags and some cushions blocking it off from the rest of the room. Is this a problem? Will it muffle or block the sound in any way?

    Need to know in advance in case a should consider a longer cable.
     
  2. Dfour

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    I know bass is omni-directional but putting soft furnishings in front of it is most likely going to absorb most of the bass so IMHO is a bad idea. The same as putting behind a sofa.
     
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    I'd be more worried about the fire risk having cushions so near to the TV. :blush:

    Unless you actually stopped the sub cone from moving or blocked it's reflex port (if any) I doubt the sub would be bothered by local absorbers. The low frequencies coming from a sub are hardly affected by such aborbers unless you physically 'smothered' the sub.

    Big (or lots of smaller) cushions do a great job on absorbing higher frequencies. (and probably absorb a bit less at mid frequencies) These might tame a bright (tiring) sounding system in the room. Help to calm an echoing room. Or 'passify' one full of shrieking kids. :rolleyes:

    Large soft pieces of furniture. Like a conventional sofa or bed. Are also strong absorbers in the mid to high frequencies. Such absorbers also have the advantage of looking natural in the room. They usually cost a lot less than specialised absorbers. And can be tested for useful effect without damaging the furnishings. Most partners wouldn't even bat an eyelid at such subterfuge if you were 'subtle' about it. :devil:

    But might well object if you started sticking cloth or carpet on the walls or ceiling. :censored:

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