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ideal speaker placement?

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by PeterK, Mar 12, 2005.

  1. PeterK

    PeterK Supporting Actor

    Jan 14, 2004
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    Where are the speakers supposed to be ideally placed so that when someone is talking say on the right of the screen the sound sounds like it is coming from there and not just the center. should the left and right be placed just to the sides of the screen as close as possible or should they be farther away from the screen. just to clarify, I don't want to know about placement for ideal soundstage and stereo listening, just ideal for sounds coming from left and right sides of the screen.
  2. David Judah

    David Judah Screenwriter

    Feb 11, 1999
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    It depends on the room and the dispersion characterics of the speakers. You want the mains out far enough to get the directional effects but not too far where you lose the cohesivness between all three front speakers. I don't think you can seperate considerations for soundstage--it's a major part of the equation so things don't sound unatural.

    There's no easy answer; it takes lots of experimentation.

    Good luck,

  3. Charlie Campisi

    Charlie Campisi Screenwriter

    Aug 20, 2004
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    Try starting with this:


    and remember, the speakers and your system can only do what the material allows. If the mix doesn't put the sound in a place to take advantage of your speakers, it won't matter how you have them positioned. Some discs are mixed and sound like everything comes out of the center.

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