Bookshelf Speakers - Stupid Question

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  1. Neil Campbell

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    I see lots of advice about mounting satellite surrounds on stands, on walls and on ceilings. Can you actually place a bookshelf style surround on a bookshelf?

    I'm looking at purchasing the Athena Point 5 system and would like to place the surrounds on bookshelves on either side of the seating position. This will allow me to experiment with horizontal and vertical placements without drilling holes in the wall or trying to find a 6 foot high stand.

    If they can be placed on a bookshelf, how much space do they need around them, especially behind them, to ensure decent sound quality?

    Sorry for the stupid question. I mean, why else would they call them bookshelf speakers?

    Thanks for any advice?
     
  2. Jason GT

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    Hi Neil,

    There's no law saying you can't put a bookshelf (speaker) on a bookshelf! Experiment and find out what sounds best to you.

    It will probably help matters if the speakers aren't too near the sides of the furniture, and if it's rear ported, give the speaker more room.

    Otherwise, experiment. If you don't like em in bookshelves, you can always take 'em out.
     
  3. Justin Ward

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    I think the term "bookshelf speaker" really has no real meaning today. I myself think it would look quite strange to see a $1000 "bookshelf speaker" actually in a bookshelf.

    But anyway, they'd probably sound ok but I'd try plugging the ports if it is a rear ported speaker.
     
  4. Neil Campbell

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    I got this reply from Athena about using bookshelves to achieve the 6' height for my rear surrounds:

     

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