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February 23, 2011

Stereo Speaker Placement: Where to Put M3 Bookshelf Speakers?

Filed under: AV question — Tags: , — Alan @ 12:58 pm

Q. I have a dedicated listening room of 10ft 4in X 19ft 6in. What is the manufacturer’s recommendation for stereo speaker placement of the m3s? Thank you for your time,

— Aaron

A. The general guidelines for stereo speaker placement apply to the M3s as they would to any compact loudspeaker: Keep them away from corners (which will unnaturally boost the bass output) and separate them by about half your listening distance. You want to achieve a smooth, continuous soundstage across the front with no “hole-in-the-middle” effect. The latter is a symptom of too wide separation between the two speakers.

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May 1, 2009

My Blu-ray Outputs Only Stereo

Q. I have a P-965 preamp that lacks HDMI and a multi-channel power amplifier. My Sony Blu-ray BDP-S300 player can output true surround audio only through the HDMI output. When it is connected through the optical cable, it mixes down everything into 2 channels. Since my P-965 preamp does not have HDMI, how do I get true surround sound? – D.M.

A. There are two ways to get surround sound from your Sony Blu-ray player.

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