Where Should I Place My Wireless Surround Sound?
Aside from the video display, a surround sound system can make or break your home entertainment experience.
Many homeowners are choosing a wireless surround sound system. They can still get the best sound quality without compromising the aesthetics of their home theater.
Whether it’s a 2.1, 5.1, or 7.1 surround sound system, the placement of home theater speakers is essential to get the best home cinematic experience.
Speaker Placement Is Essential
You’ve done your research about wireless surround sound systems. You know which kind to get. Don’t go to all the effort of picking the surround sound system for your home theater and spending your money on it without carefully thinking about proper speaker placement.
To get the best surround sound quality, think about where you’re going to place the central unit and the front left and right speakers. Those components are the most utilized in a wireless surround sound system setup.
However, to take the most advantage of your sound system, know what the best positions are for the speaker components – this includes the rear, subwoofer, and surround speakers.
In today’s post, we’ll talk about the best placement of wireless surround systems in your home theater room.
In a 5.1 surround sound system, the central speaker plays a vital role. As the name suggests, it’s the main and primary speaker for the audio of a movie. Thus, it’s essential to carefully consider the placement of this part of your wireless surround sound system.
Place the central speaker just below or above the middle of your display screen. Commonly, it’s placed below the display. However, you should consider the height of your display screen.
However, that’s not as essential as where you would ultimately be seated in the room. The critical thing to remember is to keep a considerable distance from the screen; don’t put it too far from the display screen.
Positioning it too far will result in the audio quality seeming unnatural – like it doesn’t match with the video display. If you place the central speakers too far from the display screen, you risk impacting the soundtrack negatively.
Your main home theater seats will most likely be directly central to the display screen. Use this as a guide and make sure your primary channel speakers are facing you in a straight line.
Level with Your Ears
Preferably, the tweeters, which are the speaker cones in your wireless surround sound system, should be parallel with the height of your ears when you’re seated in your viewing posture. This is because higher frequencies coming from tweeters are more direct.
As for floor standing or bookshelf speakers, the tweeters should be placed above the bigger woofers. On the other hand, in a wireless surround sound system’s main speaker, the tweeters are placed in line with the more prominent woofer speakers.
If you find it challenging to get the speakers to get a proper angle from where your ears are, position the speakers a little higher up or lower down. Just make sure that the speakers are pointed down at the top of your head when you’re in the viewing position.
If it’s possible, place the tweeters in the wireless surround sound system in the same height as the tweeters of the front-facing pairs of speakers. Doing so will let you enjoy a more stable audio quality distributed across the room.
Some more surround sound placement tips:
- The front speakers of your wireless surround sound system should be an equal distance from your seated viewing position.
- Don’t place the speakers at the back of the TV.
- Place the floor stands, wall speakers, and shelves on a stable and flat surface.
- If you need to buy home theater furniture, choose one that can hold your TV along with the central speaker.
These are just some of the fundamentals in the positioning of your wireless surround sound system. Don’t be afraid to do tweaks and adjustments in your home theater. Use your best judgment (and your ears!) when deciding where to place the speakers. Test each position out.
Play a movie with a scene that has ample sound effects (Star Wars, Interstellar, Lord of the Rings) and carefully pay attention to how it sounds. You’ll eventually find a placement that works for your home theater room. Happy viewing!