Are There Any Speakers Designed for Tweeter Not at Ear Level?

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  1. Arthur S

    Arthur S Cinematographer

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    I have a feeling that a least a few folks are using bookshelf size speakers on the floor where the tweeter is perhaps only 12 inches off the floor. Is it true that speakers of this size should be on stands or furniture that would raise the tweeter to seated ear level, about 34-37 inches.

    Can someone please explain what happens to the sound of a bookshelf type speaker sitting on the floor. For example, if I have a 20 inch tall MTM design where the tweeter is about 12 inches off the floor, what basic differences in sound quality would there be compared to having the same speaker with the tweeter at ear hight?


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    Night and day. Get a set of stands for sure.
     
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    When a tweeter is too close to the floor, you begin to hear the reflected sounds off the floor as much as the direct sound. This DEFINITELY will affect the imaging and sound quality. Put them on something, it doesn't necessarily have to be stands, but something. They also don't have to be perfectly at ear level, though that is highly desirable - most anything is better than on the floor.
     
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    Last time I had a pair of ears that low was the last time I did a 69 with a hottie:b . Think off it this way. You want the sound to seem like its coming out of the tv, otherwise your brain is going to preseve its coming from some other location, while the action is happening in front off you. It just won't sound right. Do what you must to get the tweeters to ear level as best possible.

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  5. ChrisWiggles

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    Response changes off-axis. Plus what john mentioned. Speakers on the floor sound like crap, basically. Plus for bass you have them right on a boundary which will make them boomy. Stands are a requirement.

    "bookshelf" is a misnomer in terms too. Never put decent speakers in a bookshelf for any serious listening. "stand-mount" is a much more appropriate description.
     
  6. Mal P

    Mal P Stunt Coordinator

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    On an anecdote, yes. The Dynaudio Confidence C1 with it's inverted driver configuration, is meant to be heard with the woofer at ear axis, with the tweeter below that. The reason? Time-alignment. Due to simple geometry, the tweeter is further away than the woofer, thus imitating a sloped baffle. Of course, care has to be taken to ensure the tweeter has good off-axis dispersion. The Esotar2 employed of course does.

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    Is that what they call an 'ass trap'?
     

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