You just got the home theater setup you dreamed of, have it all installed and in working order, but did you stop to think about speaker placement? Yes, home theater is very much a science and plugging in cables, pushing buttons and turning knobs is only a part of the whole. Correct speaker placement can make cause a $500 setup sound like it’s worth thousands…and vice versa.
The surround sound speaker setup images displayed below were taken directly from the THX Home Entertainment site. If you would like to learn more beyond what the images show you, please read more from the experts by visiting their site.
- Front Right & Left converge at 45° angles at the central seating location.
- Center should be above or below the display, pointed directly at the central seating location
- Surround Left & Surround Right should be at least 2 ft. above the listener’s ear level at the central seating location, within 90° to 110° to each side.
- Surround Back Left & Surround Back Right should be directly behind the central seating location. Aim the speakers directly at the listener’s ear level, dependent on mounting height.
- Subwoofers should be placed in the middle of the facing wall, if possible, to provide maximum throw. Depending on the type of room, it may be necessary to experiment.
- Use the same configuration as in the 7.1 speaker configuration, except separate SBL & SBR to create a 60° from the central seating location.
- A 5.1 speaker configuration is the same as the 7.1, with the absence of the SBL & SBR speakers.
- Front Right & Left speakers should be aligned to each side of the display, angled slightly toward the seating position.
- Center speaker can be located above or below the display, pointed directly at the seating position.
- Surround Left & Surround Right speakers should be located 56″ from the seating position at a distance relative to that in the image above.
- Subwoofer can be placed under the desk, optimally against the facing wall.
Do understand, that room dimensions, speakers, receivers, amplifiers, etc. all combine to make it completely impossible for a one-setup-for-all-solutions setup. However, I do consider this a fairly good starting point if you’re new and already overwhelmed by all there is when facing HTPCs and home theaters for the first time.