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That old "speaker position" dookie!

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Majik, Aug 6, 2003.

  1. Majik

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    Inspired by searching through posts, I'm hoping for some advice regarding position of speakers. Now my setup isn't great. Compared to most you guys it's a paupers, but I love it :)

    The rears seem hardly noticable, even after bumping them up on the amp - so I think my positioning is wrong. I have heard that some people place their rears directly to the sides of the listening position - has anyone done this and is this recommended?

    The setup is:

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    Moviestar 3 Speaker package (Centre, two floorstanding fronts, bookshelf rears - on windowsill!!)
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    It's used most for DVDs and gaming rather than music.

    Tonight I pick up a Kef PSW2000 sub I have bought form these fine forums and was considering putting it under the media in the south west corner as I have such a small room (We're talking 4m by 5.5m maybe?)

    So heres what I've got (Many thanks to whoever found this programme - it rocks!!!)

    [​IMG]

    And any advice is greatly appreciated on speaker placement etc.

    Majik
     
  2. pwiles1968

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    I assume you are Just running 5.1 in which case your 'Rears' Should be at the sides possibly slightly behind toyr seat, (the current position is probably quite good for centre rear if you had one).

    If you spin the room around 180 degrees you could get the fronts wider apart this should also give you more space to soundtracks.

    Not had much experience with Subs in the home don’t really need one (I cant afford an ASW675 so am not that interested in one at the moment). A tip I read was to put your sub in your seating position and wind it up walk around the room until you hear a node (till it sounds louder) the point of the node is a good place to put your sub.
     
  3. Smurfin

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    Peasants seats! Classic!:D
     
  4. Majik

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    Hmm - I've put the sub behind front FL and it seems okay so far - certainly adds something to the system, thats for sure! Plus, I can point it out and show it off to my buds :)

    I am going to buy some brackets and shuffle the rears forward - one directly to the right of the main sofa, and one on the left directly above the peasant's sofa Not ideal, but with a bit of balancing, should be better.

    Any opinions on that idea?

    If I spin the room once more I'm going to find myself Bobbitted I think....

    6.1 would be lovely - but I only have a pauper's amp I'm afraid!!!

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    Just out of curiosity, which bit of software did you use for that plan? And is it free? ;)
     
  6. Majik

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    Its called room organiser, and yes it's free :)

    I'll try and find the link...

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    At least the peasants get access to their own bar! :D
     
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    Yes, easiest way to locate a good sub-position is to first place it where the sofa/seat is.

    and then walk around the room and listen to the bass, where it sounds the best.. is also where you should put it.

    Walls boost bass with about +3dB and corners is around +6dB.. or so they say.. but that's not really an issue unless you have a tiny sub.. and a larger room.
     
  9. Majik

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    Okay - this is the new setup I'm thinking of.

    [​IMG]

    The sub is there as of yesterday and it sounds pretty nice - deosn't take up any more room either, which is always a bonus. I was goin g to use the Maplin plastic speakers mounts to move the rears - will these be okay?

    The way that it is means I can use the wall for my upcoming stealth screen install :) Lots of lovely ideas for this -cheap too!!!

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  10. pwiles1968

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    Should be OK they need to be about 1m above you. Can you set speaker distances to your listening spot with the amp this will sort out the timing and you just need to boost the peasants speaker by a couple of dB.

    You can always spread out the front stuff along the wall towards the Media to make the front wider or even move the media then when you are in movie mode proper pull the sofa out into the room.
     
  11. Majik

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    Cheers for the comments - I am thinking of moving everything wider to help with dispertion. The rears should be 1m above me you say? Okay - will mount so and see what it's like :)

    The amp does indeed do balance lavels, so I'll knock up the left rear by a bit.

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    Think the program is called Room Arranger, and can be downloaded free at www.download.com
     
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    Majik Did it Help?
     
  15. Majik

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    Certainly did - until the GF decided we're moving the room 90 degrees anti clockwise and now I have to start again!! :(

    Damn their good looks!!!

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    Perhaps you should give her a season pass to the "peasants seats"......
     

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