I’ve seen quite a few questions about how-to position and the bevy of answers… but, what is your speaker positioning like? Can you answer by completing this template:
- Room size, orientation (long or short wall) and disposition (dedicated? shared?)
- L distance from left wall, R distance from right wall
- Distance from front (facing) wall to speaker cone
- MLP seated distance from speaker cone and back wall
- Toe-in from zero toe-in
- Subwoofer(s) relative position to speakers (if any)
- Any other characteristics? Treatments?
- Why does this work for you?
My latest foray into trying different configurations has me at this:
- Tekton Design Ulfberht
- 15ft x 12ft x 8ft (10ft center vault); oriented along long wall; dedicated space
- 4ft from left wall, 4ft from right wall
- 4.3ft from front wall
- 5.8ft from cone, 1ft from back wall
- 30 degrees (speaker face near flat from MLP)
- Diagonally behind outside edge of speakers. Cones are ~2.5ft away.
- The room has bass trapping on two left corners and across vaulted ceiling center; floor standing bass traps on front wall and printed art bass traps on back wall. Two fake palm trees sit at the primary reflection points. The right side is an open closet (sliding doors removed) with cabinets and turntable equipment; the right side subwoofer sits into this space.
- I previously had toe-in at about 10 degrees, but am experimenting with the speakers toed into a more “head on” orientation, after reading Tom Mallin’s piece on near-field listening. I thought this would collapse my sound stage, but it seems to have pushed the center image further back in space while retaining width, which is something I was looking for. I noticed with several sets of speakers that pulling the speakers out from the wall not only manages the sub-bass output, but also removes coloration from the lower frequencies of mid-range sounds like vocals and instruments and having them closer causes those registers to bloom more than I like. Given this need to have the speakers that far into the room (1/3 into the 12ft depth), I found Tom’s near-field listening suggestions interesting. My next step will be see if I like it with the speakers separated by 90 degrees as Tom suggests – I’m probably about 75 degrees right now.