Today’s topic is Outdoor Speaker placement. There are a variety of options available for placing them, and some things you need to keep in mind when you are positioning and mounting them, because outdoor speakers, depending on the environment, may not work the same way as a pair of speakers in your living room or home theater.
Let’s take a screened-in outdoor room as an example. This is an environment that is as close as you’re going to get to an actual enclosed room. You’ve got boundaries: you’ve got a rear wall, you’ve got side walls. You’re going to get reasonable sound reinforcement from those boundaries. This helps with bass, as well as sensitivity and efficiency (or the perceived level of the speaker for a given amplifier power.) Log in
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Today we’re going to continue our series of discussions on the basics of loudspeaker setup and positioning. We’ve already covered center channels, bookshelf speakers, port plugs, mounting on mounting brackets, and more, and today we’re going to get to floorstanding or tower speakers.
We’ve got an M80 High-Powered floorstanding speaker here in the video so you can get some ideas of what goes on in the room – how it interacts with the loudspeaker – and some simple tips that you can use when you’re first setting up your speakers to try and get the best out of them. Log in
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In our second installment of the basics of speaker placement and set up, we continue on the theme of bookshelf speakers and center channel speakers (see Part 1 here). For all you floorstanding speaker owners out there, don’t worry: future videos are going to cover the specifics of those types of products.
One of the things that we talked about in the last video was to try to get speakers mounted in a cabinet or a bookshelf as close to ear level as possible. But there’s always going to be some situations where you don’t have the luxury of doing that. In the case where you’ve got to have the speaker on a low shelf or the center channel on a low shelf in a cabinet, what you want to do is have the speaker tilted upward so that it is firing at ear level. One of the members of our forums actually tried this out on his center channel and found that he got an improvement in clarity when he made the change.
Note: If you purchase a VP100 or VP150, they can easily be flipped to accommodate angled placement. See this video
by Debbie Swinton. For VP160s or VP180s, Andrew’s comments apply.
Axiom center channels can actually be ordered to have the angled section on the bottom of the speaker instead of top, which will have the speaker naturally sitting up at an angle. If, however, you’ve already ordered your center channel and you’re changing your set up or installation, you can easily buy something like a rubber doorstop to help angle the speaker up. My brother-in-law actually uses hockey pucks for this which also works well.
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We have recently started shipping our newest product, the M100 Floorstanding Speaker, which is the first model of ours to come with port plugs. A port plug, as its name suggests, is simply something that will plug one of the loudspeaker ports, keeping air from moving in and out of the cabinet.
There are a number of reasons why you might want to use these, and they are going to be offered on the website as an accessory, so I’ll also cover where you might want to use these other than for the model M100.
When you place a loudspeaker in a room, if it has to be close to anything called a room boundary (back walls, side walls), you get something called boundary reinforcement happening. Boundary reinforcement will tend to accentuate the mid-bass frequencies. In a speaker like the M100 that has very good low frequency extension and output capabilities, you can easily end up with ‘too much of a good thing’ in those environments. And if you’re in a small listening room or environment, you can find that because everything is closer to the boundaries that you’ll also get that midbass accentuation, which can be too much of a good thing and can actually make things sound really slow and congested.
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