Originally Posted by BestInTheWorld
Thanks for the link! I was told floorstanders still need some room from the back and the side walls--is this true? I want to avoid buying a standalone subwoofer if I am able to get nice lows with the floorstanders.
However, my room isn't that large, and I would say it's 12 x 12 feet and my plan was to place these as close to the wall as possible and to the sides (basically, in the corners with a few inches away).
Will this greatly affect (negatively) mid-range to highs? Or will it not really make a difference in the case of floorstanders?Are there any floorstanders (less than 4 feet) that will sound good no matter if placed near the walls or in more open space?
To be frank, many people do not address the room when selecting speakers and often just throw speakers in a corner of the room and this definitely affects sound. Some basic principles to consider:
- The closer to a surface (like a wall, ceiling, or floor) the more bass reinforcement you will get. This affects both the quality of the bass and how much reinforcement you will get. Speakers that do not have good bass may actually sound better to you if they are placed a little closer to a wall, whereas on the flip side you can also create a situation where the bass sound boomy or muddy too close to a wall. Rule of thumb is you should have 1-2' minimum from a rear wall to play with. The distance to the rear wall also affects the soundstage of a speaker. Pulling the speaker away from the wall, from my experience, creates a better sound stage but you don't want to pull the speaker too far out either. Side walls are important as well, and ideally you do not want a speaker right next to a wall as this impacts the sound via reflection.
- Walls are reflection points. Your room will dictate where the reflection points are and will contribute to the sound of the speaker. You have sound traveling direct to you from the speaker and also to you from the reflection points and this makes up the overall sound of your speaker. Placing speakers too close to a side wall affects sound. Again, it is recommend to have a good 1-2' or more to play with placement if you can. You also have to pay attention to how far apart you place the left and right speaker to your listening position. Too close together, or too far apart will affect sound.
All of it matters. And you have to spend the time tweaking the placement to get it right.
When buying speakers you have to consider the room. People will often recommend what they like here at AVS, but the room plays a big role in buying the right speaker. Every room is different and every speaker is different and it is difficult to recommend the best speaker to you, but based on what we do know, I would go with a smaller tower or bookshelf speaker that is not rear ported. I would also look into addressing some of the reflection points (there are lots of good resources out there about room treatments), and I would buy a receiver that has Audyssey MultiEQ to help EQ the room.
My other recommendation is to buy a speaker either local that has a good return policy, or from an Internet direct company (like Aperion) that has a really good return policy. This will allow you to hear the speaker in your room and you will know how much your space affects the sound quality.
Also, this requires patience and time. Try experimenting as much as you can with speaker placement with regards to your walls. An inch or two makes more difference than you realize, as well as moving your listening position forward slightly or backward slightly along with left or right. Toeing in the speakers can help with directing the sound to the listening position, but again, you still have reflection points to consider. Run Audyssey (or another EQ program) multiple times and be patient.
It took me years to grasp how important the room and speaker placement is with regards to sound quality. Audyssey definitely helps. Addressing reflection points definitely helps. Speaker selection definitely helps.