1. Don’t Sideline the Subwoofer
Bass is a crucial part of the sound spectrum, and it’s important to always keep that in mind. Electronic House recommends “not treating your subwoofer like a misbehaving 4-year old and put in the corner.” Many times we are tempted to keep the subwoofer in a hidden spot to cancel out some of the deep bass, or because that’s the way you’ve always seen it done. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There’s no need to hide the epicenter of your home’s sound system.
2. Position the Center Speaker Higher
Center speakers go in the center — simple! Website Realtor.com recommends placing your center channel speaker above your television set, centered horizontally, and we agree! It’s important that you get a sense that the dialogue is coming directly from the screen verses some ambient source somewhere else in the room, and this would be best accomplished by placing it above the screen if possible. A great way to achieve this is either via a wall mount, rubber feet for angling, or a stand. If there is absolutely no way to do so, keep the center channel as close below the television as possible.
Regardless. Center channel speaker = center.
Important. And easy.
3. Remember…Size Does Matter
Listen, no matter what anyone says, size matters. According to DIY Network, for most people with a “medium-size living room or den, 12” to 15” tall book shelf speakers make a lot of sense.” This is probably the size of speaker you’ll want to get.
Unless…you’ve designed a home theater room or are currently building out your entertainment room in a much larger room or multipurpose space. Then you may want to consider 38” or more. The idea here is to create an immersive experience, so be careful to not to go too big and end up drowning…in sound.
4. Bigger Room Equals Bigger System
While the 5.1 system is great, it may not necessarily work the best for the room in which you are currently enjoying your home entertainment center. Sometimes we really just need an upgrade on either the technology or the amount of speakers you’re currently using. A 7.1 or 9.1 system may be your best bet if your room is a more expansive space or if you’re remodeling your current home theater.
Surround sound pioneer Dolby does a great job of recommending speaker placements for your home entertainment center surround sound systems whether you’re working with a 5.1, 7.1, or 9.1 set up.
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