Two options for Sub Placement

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  1. RumbleBee

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    Hi,

    In an effort to minimise the effect of my subwoofer I'm considering moving it. The neighbors recently complained that the house felt like it was thundering.

    I'm no audio expert but I was under the impression sub placement does not matter too much.

    Assuming I'm wrong and looking at the picture of my living which of the two options is best

    1. Between TV Cab and Speaker, moving the speakers further apart to match.
    2. Way back at the side of the sofa (near the door).
     

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  2. mojogoes

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    Yes certainly if your neighbours are complaining
     
  3. spyder viewer

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    It might be resonating in the corner and inducing a similar effect the other side of the wall. Are the floors wooden/suspended or solid?
     
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    If the sub is small and you have enough cable, put it on the sofa in the MLP, put something repetitive or constant (sine wave) on, and then 'do the sub crawl' round the room to find where it is loudest. The theory goes that the place where it is loudest will be the best place to put it for bass at the MLP.


    Could you move it into the opposite corner, behind the door? Would be out of the way then and also benefit from corner loading a little, AIUI :)
     
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    Thanks for the replies.

    The floors are wooden, with laminate flooring.

    My only concern with moving it to the opposite corner is I'll need to root the cable underneath the floor. I can do this, but I have particular holes in the floor meaning the sub cable will need to be 11m. Are there any issues with sub cables this long?

    Thanks
     
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    No :) as long as it is a suitable gauge (14 if I remember correctly) / cross-sectional area of speaker wire (2.5mm^2) (presuming the sub is passive and you are powering it from the AVR / amplifier at the other end of the room).

    If it's active, you will need a power socket near where the sub is going to go and a length of RCA cable instead. Standard cheap RCA cable will also still be fine over this distance, as I understand it.
     
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    Try it at 1. If your neighbour doesn't see any improvement, turn it down a bit!;)

    What sub is it?
     
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    Generally RCA cabling should be fine, some find for long runs such as yours a XLR cable works better. But that depends if your sub carries that input.
     

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