Speaker placement - horizontal vs vertical

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  1. GarySE

    GarySE Auditioning

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    Does it make any difference if bookshelf speakers are placed horizontally or vertically?
     
  2. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Yes, there's a difference. Whenever you reposition a speaker the sound will be affected. What you want is to be as close to on-axis to the tweeter(s) as possible.
     
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    While there is a difference, your speaker manual, should have this information in it.
     
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    This will vary from speaker to speaker, depending on the driver alignment and how well (or poor) they image. Some speakers do not have good off axis performance, and if you place the speakers in a way that you are off axis from their "sweet" zone, the sound could be affected negatively.

    Your room will also have some affect. The bottom line, as Jack points out, is yes, it will make a difference. The simplest answer really, as it always is with speaker placement, is experiment with some different positions and see how it sounds.
     

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