rear speaker's tweeter height

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  1. Takosan

    Takosan Stunt Coordinator

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    I know I'm being too paranoid but ... for rear surrounds is it better to line-up the tweeter with the listener's ears? Or is it that the ear should line up between the tweeter & the bass driver?

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  2. Ted Lee

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    i believe the usual convention is to line up the tweeter to the ear.

    the hi-frequencies are more "directed" and therefore more noticeable to the human ear. in other words, you can pin-point the audio source easier. this should translate into better sound if the speaker is correctly positioned.

    with lo-freq's, the sound is more "diffused" and you'll have a harder time localizing the sound.
     
  3. Tom Morgan

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    I think for surrounds you want it to be non-localizable, doesn't Dolby say they should be a few feet above ear level?
     
  4. Ted Lee

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    good point tom. i was thinking more "usual" convention than rear speaker placement.

    yes, dolby does recommend above the listener.
     
  5. Bob McElfresh

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    I tend to favor putting the tweeters of the rears at the same height as the fronts, roughly at ear level.

    Dolby recommends putting the rear speakers a few feet above ear height. But this recomendation has not changed since the ProLogic days when they also recommended that all studios put only "diffuse/ambient" sounds on the rear channels. Modern movies are doing a lot more with the rear sounds these days. Frankly, it sounds funny when a bus/car moves to one side and suddenly shoots up over my head.

    But for every movie that sends specific sounds to a rear speaker, there are thousands of others that send only ambient sounds to the rears and assume that you have your rear speakers 2-3 feet above your head. Thats why there is no clear answer to this question.

    Good Luck.
     
  6. Takosan

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    Thanx all. FWIW ... I got a 24" & put my 602s2 on them. I think my ear is between tweeter & woofer. Probably 20" might have been better but oh well.

    Takosan
     

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