speaker setup in corner of room?

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  1. gil*c

    gil*c Auditioning

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    Hi.
    I bought an RCA home Threatre System and now I am confused how to set it up. My main use will be for tv but I want to set it up for listening to cds.
    My tv is in a corner cabinet: http://www.sauder.com/productpage.as...Corner%5FUnits
    When facing it there is a wall to the left and balcony doors to the right. The main seating area is about 15' in front of the tv. I have a vcr and dvd player and will be getting a cdchanger.
    1. I can put the centre channel above or below the tv. If I put it above can the speakers sit on the shelf too, or must they be farther apart?
    2. Will the receiver generate too much heat to have it on the very bottom shelf. There is only about 2" clearance on the sides and back but lots at the top.
    3. If I don't add the rear speakers at this time will it make much difference to the sound?
    4. Where should the subwoofer be placed. Does it really matter? I've seen so much conflicting information I can't tell. I was considering putting it in the bottom shelf. Will the vibrations affect the cabinet or the any of the components in it? I am also concerned it will bother my downstairs neighbours.
    I really appreciate any thoughts you can give me. I have been to numerous sites on the net and get conflicting info on this. One thing I never realized is how ridiculously expensive speaker stands are.
    I look forward to your opinions. Thanks a bunch
     
  2. Ted Lee

    Ted Lee Lead Actor

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    hi gil -
    welcome to htf. let's see if i can tackle these for you.
    1. if you must put the speakers up high, ensure that they are "aimed" towards your listening position...specifically your head! if you do not do this, all the high-frequency sound will shoot right over your head. if at all possible, get some stands and put your left/right speakers at ear level. at least that way, when listening to stereo, the speakers will be at the correct height.
    2. receivers tend to run hot. i usually try to put mine at the top of the stack - that way, the heat doesn't rise and "cook" anything above it. two inches is not a lot of clearance, but if that's all that you have, then so be it. it looks like the front is open, so that'll help.
    3. YES. in order to experience true home theater, you must have your rear speakers hooked up. if you do not, and you attempt to decode dd/dts, you will be missing all the rear channel sound. your only option will be to listen to your setup in stereo (or 3-ch) mode. again, if that's all you can do, then so be it. but you should make the herculean (sp?) effort to get your rear's hooked up! [​IMG]
    4. subwoofer placement is tricky. some people recommend putting the sub in a corner, but this can cause the bass to be too boomy. bob mcelfresh has some technique about putting it along the longest unbroken straight wall (or something like that...), others say to put it in the back, etc. one trick i often hear people say to do is to put the sub where you're going to sit, then crawl around the floor until you find where the sub sounds best - then put the sub in that spot.
    hope that helps some...let us know if you have any other questions.
    also, check out the faq link at the top of this forum...there's some good info there.
    ted
    [edit] - i forgot to mention...if at all possible, separate your left and right speakers some. that'll help improve the soundstage up front. if your speakers are too close to eachother, all the sound will appear collapsed since it will seem to come from one place...
     
  3. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

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    I too would recommend the FAQ and PRIMER linked at the top of this forum, and in my sig. You might find some additional helpful info.
    Well, subwoofer placement is the single most important factor in its performance. But again- this is an issue of balancing performance ideals with your specific options. Usually the best "catch all" answer is to put it in a corner- this is usually "right" more often than wrong- and will usually yield the best output from the sub.
    I wouldn't recommend putting it within the shelving unit- however I have seen people who place subs behind their equipment racks with no issue.
    Chances are pretty high that it will bother your downstairs neighbors. If they are the least bit picky, they will absolutely be able to hear it if you run it properly- so usually the best solution is to invite them over for movie night!
    Vince
     
  4. gil*c

    gil*c Auditioning

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    This is great information. Thank you very much.
    I was thinking about the subwoofer. Luckily, my downstairs neighbours is an office which is generally 9 to 5 and I don't like really loud noise anyway. I still would like to try to come up with something because I will be home during the day on Fridays. I read that MDF absorbs vibrations. Do you have any opinion on this? What I am thinking is making a very basic rolling sub stand using a square of MDF and casters. Can you think of anything else that absorbs vibrations without of ruining the bass?
    thanks for all this.[​IMG]
     
  5. Ted Lee

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    i think the easiest answer may be to simply turn down the sub level on fridays. that's gotta be much easier than building something, then moving the sub around. [​IMG]
     
  6. gil*c

    gil*c Auditioning

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    hehehe! Now that's just too easy.

    I'll probably have to move the sub around anyways because of the way my room is laid out. From what I can gather the correct sub placement spot will be sticking out in the room in the major traffic path of the dog and cats.

    If I'm not using the sub would it be safe to store in lying on it's side in my entertainment unit?
     
  7. Ted Lee

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    yeah...i suppose if you're not using the sub, you can stash it just about anywhere.

    one thing to consider is whether your htb will ONLY route the bass via the sub. if that's the case, you'll have to have it "on" the whole time. otherwise you will not get any bass.
     
  8. Alex_Insley

    Alex_Insley Auditioning

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    Is there any issue to placing the subwoofer in the rear of the room, say to side of the couch? It wouldn't be in the center of the room, but about 2/3 along the back wall.
     
  9. Lew Crippen

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