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j_mcanalley

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i just picked out my new surround sound system for my living room. i have done my research on height and placement of the speakers but i am having a little trouble placing my sub. my tv is up on the wall and my center will be slightly below that.

i worked really hard to put all my components in the closet and hide all the wires in the wall to clean up the look. i dont have a shelf or entertainment center below my tv. and i dont want to add one. i have a one year old son so i dont want my sub to be on the floor below the tv. i also dont want to build a shelf to put it on because i dont think it will look right.

i thought of putting it in my closet but i thought it might cause alot of vibrations and unwanted noise from the sub vibrating the bi-fold doors. i thought of putting it behind the chair but i dont want it to overpower the rest of the system. also thought of putting it in between the two couches but again the same problem.

should the sub be in the center front? it cant be in the center back because my couch is against the wall.

i really want it in the closet out of site. does anyone have any experience with putting a sub behind closed doors?

i attached a diagram of the room. its not to scale, and it shows my lack of skills with window paint lol. but its the best i could do.


btw. i havent orderd the system yet. if anyone would like to check it out and give me their input heres a link. seems like a nice system to me but im just the cable guy, what do i know

Dell : Yamaha Corporation of America YHT-690BL Home Theatre with 5.1-Channel Surround - Black : Home Theater In a Box : Dell Outlet Business & Education



 

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Start with a corner closest to your seating position. Mine are on the left of me about 6 feet behind me. Do you have your Radio Shack SPL meter and test tones to calibrate the system and sub? Oh yea, don't put it in the closet...
 

j_mcanalley

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the door idea seems great but it wont work for me because i have a bi-fold door that folds in on itself.

thanks for the great help tho
 

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Josh: Calibration isn't a difficult proposition. All you need is an SPL meter (Radio Shack) and the ability to generate test tones (either via your receiver or a test disc: Avia or DVE). A camera tripod helps, too.

With those you can try different placements and determine which one is best for you. I am no expert like many of those here, but one of the things I have gleaned is that you can be a little more flexible with sub placement than you can with the rest of your speaker system.

You might be just fine with the sub in the corner between the two couches. No worries.

You REALLY SHOULD get the SPL meter (not very expensive) to dial things in correctly...but even without one you'll be able to make adjustments to the sub (either manually or through the receiver) to get a balance that you like--by ear. But I really recommend the meter. Doing it by ear is inadequate to achieve the best sound balance.
 

j_mcanalley

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ill definatly look into the meter. thanks 4 the help... im new to the forum. but i really like it so far. thanks again
 

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Welcome to the forum! :D

And keep asking questions. There are an awful lot of people here who are more than willing to share their opinions and expertise. It is a very sociable place and a heckuva lot of fun to hang around and learn about the hobby.
 

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here are the current SPL meters at Radio Shack:

Analog Meter

Digital Meter

I didn't think they were that expensive. They DO go on sale every once in a while. But they are worth every penny ($45 to $50) in order to get things dialed-in just the way you want them. :emoji_thumbsup:
 

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