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February 11, 2014

Speaker Placement Series Part 2

Filed under: AV Tip of the Month,How-To — Tags: , — Andrew Welker @ 6:07 pm

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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January 22, 2014

Speaker Placement Series Part 1

Filed under: Audio Knowledge — Tags: , , — Andrew Welker @ 2:09 pm

Today we’re going to start a series of videos that covers the basics of loudspeaker placement and set up, and it’s going to be heavily driven by your input and questions that you have. On our forums under the “What’s New” section, you’ll see a thread that I started a few days ago that asks for input on what questions that you want answered, no matter how simple: we really want to cover off topics that you’re interested in or wondering about. Please post any suggestions there, or in the comments below. (Note: please pardon the sound of the dust collector in the background – hazard of having our offices attached to our factory!)

Today we’re going to start off with some basics of bookshelves and center channels. One of the biggest mistakes people make when they place a bookshelf speaker or center channel on a shelf is that they bury them in the cabinet. A lot of times this is for aesthetic reasons, but acoustically it’s pretty much one of the worst things that you can do.

What will happen with a speaker even an inch or two behind the front edge of the shelf, it will create reflections that will muffle the sound or destroy the image. You’ll get a very colored sound quality from your center channel or your bookshelf speaker.

What you want to do is make sure the speaker is sitting as flush as possible or proud of the front edge of the shelf in the cabinet. This will give you far better acoustic performance.

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June 8, 2012

Placing On Wall Speakers

Filed under: AV Tip of the Month — Tags: , — Amie C @ 1:26 pm
On Wall M3 Speakers in Natural Rosewood

On Wall M3 Speakers pictured in our Real Wood Rosewood Finish

If you’re considering on wall speakers to go with your flat-screen plasma or LCD display, you may be wondering if there are any special placement considerations you need to take into account, or if they can go just about anywhere.

I spoke to Audio Expert Brent Tombari to find out what he recommends.

“Many people pair on wall speakers with large 40 or 60-inch displays.  My recommendation is to mount the speakers as closely as possible to the edges of the screen in order to fill the screen area with sound.”

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February 7, 2011

Speaker Placement: Are the M80 Floorstanding Speakers Hard to Place?

Filed under: AV question — Tags: — Alan @ 3:46 pm

Q. I own a set of M80’s and have had no problems with speaker placement. Why is it I see some people on the message boards (most don’t even own M80’s) say that these speakers are so hard to place? When asked “Where did you hear this,” they say that Alan has said so. If this is true, why would they be any harder to place than any of the other speakers that Axiom offers?

A. I’m delighted you’ve had no speaker placement problems. Readers sometimes repeat what I’ve said without mentioning the context in which I made the remarks.

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