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I get some "different" ideas in my head sometimes. I was wondering if suspending the speakers (bookshelfe size) from the cieling would improve their sound at all. Figure nothing around them for many feet. I think the idea sounds kind of cool!

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I get some "different" ideas in my head sometimes. I was wondering if suspending the speakers (bookshelfe size) from the cieling would improve their sound at all. Figure nothing around them for many feet. I think the idea sounds kind of cool!

I can think of few things that would reduce the sound quality of speakers so efficiently.

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Just a thought. So speakers do need some kind of a soundboard behind them? I thought it was quite the opposite with people spending thousands on baffels and deadoning.
I don't plan on doing it but, I just wanted to see what people thought.

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While I have never thought of doing it, nor had a reason. I know speakers sounds better sitting on the floor or on spikes. But I have always wondered how/why suspended speakers, subwoofers in general, sound so nice at concerts....well some concerts that is.
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Just a thought. So speakers do need some kind of a soundboard behind them? I thought it was quite the opposite with people spending thousands on baffels and deadoning.
I don't plan on doing it but, I just wanted to see what people thought.

Being close to a surface like the floor reinforces low frequency but otherwise there is no advantage. Being moved out away from walls, floor etc is actually a good thing. Normally for critical listening from a single sweet spot having the tweeter about ear level or slightly higher is best. Many speakers sitting on the floor place the tweeters too low. Suspending them may put them too high but to me too high is better than too low. Personally I have found it to work well to suspend them from the ceiling. Compared with sitting on the floor they may seem to have less bass but overall they will likely sound better suspended.

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I used to suspend my JBL booshelf speakers from the ceiling because I really didn't have room to put them anywhere else. Didn't want to drill holes in the wall since it was an apartment.

They worked fine! I used some netting with metal rings at each end that I found at an army surplus store. I got some ceiling plant hooks and it was a very inexpensive setup.

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I might actually try that. I was thinking of some kind of plate the speaker would sit on and have four wires run up to the ceiling. Being carefull not to "dump" them. You could make it look kind of cool. Have very thin wire and they would look like they are floating with the lights dimmed!

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Confession; I have been using a pair of Paradigm Studio 100's inverted to get the tweeter at ear level while keeping the entire speaker behind my AT screen. This was the only way they would fit with the tweeter at the right level and none of the woofers behind the screen frame. These speakers are a 43 inch, 70+ pound floor standing design. The distance to side and rear boundaries is critical but hanging upside down (chains to floor joists, have a lay in ceiling) they have done fine.

I have a room correction system in my pre pro and it was very happy working with the inverted speakers.
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Awesome! I think we are on to something here!

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Confession; I have been using a pair of Paradigm Studio 100's inverted to get the tweeter at ear level while keeping the entire speaker behind my AT screen. This was the only way they would fit with the tweeter at the right level and none of the woofers behind the screen frame. These speakers are a 43 inch, 70+ pound floor standing design. The distance to side and rear boundaries is critical but hanging upside down (chains to floor joists, have a lay in ceiling) they have done fine.

I have a room correction system in my pre pro and it was very happy working with the inverted speakers.

I'd be very interested in seeing pictures of that.
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Me too!

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I have looked at Lowes for all the parts I need. I will be using large "plant" hooks that have the anchor on the other side of the sheetrock. I found pre finished wood shelving to place the speakers on. This will be suspended with fine wire at each corner. I will have to test for proper accoustic spacing first before I screw the hooks in. I have all the heights figured out but, I will have to see how the speakers react with the walls. It will be cool!

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How are you going to deal with the speaker wire?

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It will have to go down one of the suspension wires. Before I do this, I also have to consider the two cats I have that might think I built them a trapize!

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OK, my idea had a very low WAF factor. Oh well.

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WAF factor

Redundant

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Redundant, I know. Sorry. Well, I will be putting them on stands in the front and shelves in the rear.

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