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Front speaker placement?

I have my center speaker resting on top of my TV, which is actually above ear level.Should I put the front speakers at the same height as the center speaker? Or below it?

Answer:

Hello, The front center channel of your surround system primarily is used for speech or vocal program. Tilting the center speaker down towards the listening position may help a little bit but that is not really a critical issue. What IS more important is the time alignment of all your front speaker cabinets. Placing all of your front speakers at the same distance from the primary listening position is much more important than the actual angle of dispersion of the speakers. (Most speaker cabinets have a very wide dispersion angle). Having speakers properly time aligned will greatly enhance your listening experience.
Dec 7, 2017
If your front speakers are at a height where the tweeter/mid-range drivers are roughly at ear level from your seated position the easiest way is to angle the center speaker slightly downward if you can to put the sound in line with the other speakers. You could put small feet under the bottom back of the enclosure to tilt it downward.Then all three speakers will be in line to you at your seated position.
Dec 7, 2017
Your front 3 speakers will sound the best if they're all at the same levelBut in your situation, I'd just angle the center down a bitOr you could just turn up the center speaker's volumeIt's kind of a messy situationAnd impossible for you to get the sound perfectBut aesthetics will ALWAYS be the enemy of sound quality.
Dec 7, 2017
I've got the same issue. What I did was place small wood blocks under the back feet of the center channel speaker and angled down directly towards the listening position.
Dec 7, 2017
the front speakers should be put a little bit above the center channel speaker
Dec 7, 2017

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