Your Home Theater System Bible

Enhance Your Home Theatre Experience by Properly Setting Up Your Home Theatre Speaker

home theatre placementWhether you are thinking of investing a huge amount of your savings or just a portion of your budget on your home theatre system, where you place your speaker will play a significant role in the quality of sound and sonic performance within your home theatre area.

With the instructions that come with your speakers, you are provided with recommendations on where to strategically place them within your home theatre room, which should be enough to provide you with the exact information to properly set it up.

There, are basic information, that you still would need to be reminded of as you begin setting up your new home theatre speakers, just the same, as those listed below:



The main function of the center channel speaker is to anchor sounds on-screen. To have it perfectly working, you would need to:

1. Place it at the center and directly above or below your television.

2. If you place it on top of the television, the front edge of the speaker must line up precisely with the front edge of the television. This will minimize any kind of sound that might “bounce around” inside the television cabinet.

3. The tweeter of the center channel speaker must be at the same height as the tweeters of the front speakers. Placing this to within 24 inches will allow for the best sound quality.

4. The front speakers and the center channel speaker must be spaced as the distance from your planned listening position.



These speakers have two particular functions. They create stereo music sound while also managing a movie’s soundtrack. To have the left and right front speakers functioning properly, you would need to:

1. First, determine your best listening position. Next, place the two front speakers at locations in the room that are equally spaced to that position, with one to the left and one to the right. The front right, front left and center channel speakers must all be approximately the same distance from where you are seated, with the tweeters of each directed at your ears. Note that you would need to actually measure the spacing and not just calculate it, as even an inch variation in the distance of the speakers will make an obvious difference in the sound quality produced.

2. In addition to this, these speakers’ tweeters must be even to your ear level when seated in the best listening position. Smaller home theater speakers can be affixed on the wall or just placed on a speaker stand. Usually, floor standing speakers have this included in their design.



Surround speakers afford low and high level sound from other parts of the room, creating a movie theater feel in your home theatre. The surround speaker placement depends on the size of your home theatre, the shape of the room, and the area needed for the actual speakers. Be creative and test the placement of these speakers all throughout the room. For a fully functioning surround speaker, you may need to consider the following:

1. Place the main speakers to the right and to the left of your best listening position (in line or just behind it). When placement to the side is impossible, or when you have a surround system with more than two surround speakers, you may wish to place the speakers behind the listening position, with the sound being directed toward the front of the room.

2. These speakers should be placed just about your ear level when you are in a standing position.

3. Test the aiming of the speakers when affixed on the walls. There are times when a better sound quality is achieved if you point them up at the ceiling or back at the rear corners of the room.



A home theatre subwoofer affords your home audio setup with all the low bass frequencies required for a movie theatre surround sound experience. It is one of the least difficult to position though. You can position your home theatre subwoofer just about anywhere in your home theatre and still get good results in most results.

Given all these, still there is no “perfect” placement for any given home theatre speaker. No two rooms will have the same auditory range–every speaker will have various sonic characteristics, and no two ears will hear any sound identically. This does not mean that you will never get the best sound quality from your home audio system though. All it suggests is that you can always modify a given set up when you actually install your home theatre speakers to address your personal needs.

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Posted on June 8, 2013 by 0 Comments Short URL


Alphonso Soosay, an accomplished musician and sound recording specialist has been in the industry for more than 30 years. In this blog Alphonso shares all his experiences and knowledge in the recording and home theatre industry. Alphonso Soosay's Blog

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