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Home Entertainment Center: Surround Sound Speaker Placement
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Home Entertainment Center: Surround Sound Speaker Placement

Are You Getting All Your Surround Sound Speaker System Has To Offer?

The most important element of your home entertainment center’s performance is the surround sound speaker system. An optimum configuration of the loudspeakers, listeners seated position and the viewing screen is required to create the best entertainment experience that is possible. Improperly placed speakers can greatly reduce the quality of the performing audio output being projected to fill a certain space.

Are You Submersed In The Intended Audiovisual Rollercoaster Experience?

If your surround sound speakers are not placed correctly how are you to enjoy the experience that the director had intended? You can’t and you may be missing the whole point with inferior audio systems! With a home entertainment center properly configured viewers can enjoy a crisp immersive soundscape experience. If some basic guidelines are taken into consideration and proximity parameters are followed, you can optimize your system to perform to its fullest capabilities.

A study completed by two entities, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has produced a study, the Recommendation ITU-R BS775-1 , which is a thorough study of a great number of different arrangements of speaker positioning and angles. This speaker configuration, that is shown in the diagram of this report, has proven in blind listening tests to perform the best for accurate spatial imaging effects. This study is also explained utilizing a 5.1channel surround sound speakers for TV system. This should be the minimum channel of a system as anything less is to be considered un-capable of properly filling the area with high performing surround sound.

This speaker configuration will produce the best stereo image at the specific point where an equilateral triangle is centered. This would be the “sweet spot” and you will clearly notice the higher performing immersive soundscape. This is the optimum findings for a smaller sweet spot area and offers no space for “buffing” a slightly wider area for more than one or two closely seated listeners. I advise this: if you turn the left and right front speakers outward ever so slightly, to 35 degrees, you will widen the sweet spot and higher performance area to accommodate a larger viewership. You will lose a fraction of the performance by turning these speakers out to 35 degrees, but gain a larger sweet spot so more people can enjoy them. Any more than 35 degrees will drastically degrade any sweet spot possibilities and will only offer a louder stereo sounding audio, not the higher performing surround sound output.

If your wanting more out of your surround sound speakers for TV and are looking to improve on or set up a new system to maximize your entertaining experience. The higher performing surround sound is configured correctly, the true experience that the director is trying to relay can be enjoyed as it is intended to be.


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