'Crank it to eleven'? What is the correct speaker volume?
“Has anyone noticed that when playing back music, every source has a “correct” volume? By that I mean the sweet spot.
“Increase the volume just 1 more and it becomes too loud and blaring, decrease it 1 less (than the sweet spot) and you can’t quite achieve lift-off. Not enough “grunt factor” to rock out (or jazz out or symphony out or country out or…)
“It seems that each source has a perfect volume that varies. Or is this just me?” — Audiosavant Log in
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Getting center speaker placement right is key.
You’ve finally got 5.1 surround sound in your house and you’re all settled in with a big bowl of popcorn and your favorite movie – you know the one – that will really show off your new system.
But . . . something’s lacking. The dialog isn’t as clear as you were expecting. What gives?
There are a few hard-and-fast rules to center speaker placement that can really make a difference in whether your system sounds like it was professionally set up.
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Most of us understand that the subwoofer in a home theater system takes over the job of producing much of the deep bass energy from the other speakers in the system. “Deep bass energy” is defined as the deepest bass from 100 Hz down to almost subterranean frequencies of 20 Hz or lower.
But to be able to hear and thrill to those powerful bass frequencies depends a lot on the home theater subwoofer placement in the room. This occurs because the subwoofer interacts with the actual dimensions of any given room, creating zones of very powerful bass contrasted with areas where you’ll hear little or no bass. You may have noticed this if you walk around the room while deep bass is playing. Log in
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Small speakers are best suited to smaller rooms; large open rooms and “great rooms” will need much larger speakers to recreate music at natural, loud, undistorted listening levels.
However, in a phrase, the best home speakers are those that “disappear” into the music. In effect they deliver the truest high fidelity to all instruments and vocals so that they are like an open window into the music, neither exaggerating nor diminishing any part of the musical range we all hear. Singers should sound as if they’re in the room. Vocals shouldn’t be harsh or piercing; they should be smooth and natural. Log in
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