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I am a newbie and am a bit confused by the subwoofer and where to place it and which direction it is supposed to be facing. 

 

This is what I have:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/2-1-channel-soundbar-with-wireless-subwoofer/8162081.p?id=1218864519395&skuId=8162081&st=lg%20soundbar&cp=1&lp=2

 

I am a newbie and keep googling looking for pictures and can't figure it out. Is the narrow front with the speaker supposed to be facing out? The soft side is on the left. Right now I have it sitting next to my couch, but the sound seems uneven no matter where I place it. And, I can't figure out which way it is supposed to be facing. 

 

Can anyone help explain? Should the soft side be facing out or the narrow front? 

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The narrow front is actually the port, not the speaker.

That being said, it doesn't really matter which way they are facing just as long as you have a few inches of space on either side. The sound frequencies reproduced by subwoofers are omni-directional and radiate equally in all directions from the source.

To find the best spot in the room for your sub, try the sub crawl.
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The sub probably has a power light on it like the Polk setup I have in my living room so you may want to turn that away from you if you're going to place the sub within your visual range.

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Why is only one side soft? Is that the side that emits the sound? I know you said it doesn't matter what direction, but I still don't understand how it doesn't matter which direction it's facing. I tried the sub crawl and it didn't work out really well. I just couldn't figure out where it sounded best, but it could have been that I put it in the wrong direction. Oh well. I am pretty confused about where it should be facing. 

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What he is saying is that the output from a sub is Omni-directional so it's not really going to matter what direction it's facing. A sub is not like your soundbar...your soundbar is going to send sound in the direction it's pointing but the sub sends sound out in all directions at once. That soft side is probably where the woofer is. Corner loading is probably a good idea. Find a good corner in your room...probably no more than 30 feet from the soundbar and point that soft side at the corner...give it a little room...maybe a foot and let'er rip.

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Is it best to not keep it in the corner on the same wall your TV is on or is it better in an opposite corner? Typically. The problem is I am in a very open floor plan and there is only one REAL corner and that is on the wall the TV is on. 

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The best corner is the one with the strongest bass while doing the sub crawl. wink.gif
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Is it best to not keep it in the corner on the same wall your TV is on or is it better in an opposite corner? Typically. The problem is I am in a very open floor plan and there is only one REAL corner and that is on the wall the TV is on. 

I have mine on the same wall that my tv is mounted on....just all the way in the corner to the left of the sound bar. Seems to make it blend better from me. When it thumps, it's like the sound is actually coming from the sound bar.

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