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View Poll Results: Where Do You Put Your Subwoofer(s)?
In the corner(s) 270 45.45%
Against the wall(s) 257 43.27%
Out in the room 46 7.74%
My subs are integrated into the main speakers 19 3.20%
I have no subwoofers in my system 10 1.68%
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Where Do You Put Your Subwoofer(s)?



Last week, I asked about how many separate subwoofers you have in your main home-theater system. Now, I'd like to know where you place them in the room. After all, a sub's placement has a big impact on the amount of bass you hear—putting it in a corner boosts the bass more than putting it against a wall, which in turn provides more bass boost than placing it away from the walls. Aside from sheer bass level, optimum subwoofer placement depends on the room's resonant modes and how well they can be controlled. Another factor is domestic tranquility—most partners of home-theater buffs don't want a huge sub sitting in the middle of the room. So where do you put your subwoofer(s)? Why did you make that choice? Was it for bass boost, room modes, the spouse-acceptance factor, or some combination thereof? Note: this poll is multiple choice, since your situation might be a combination of the available choices. If you haven't participated in our previous home-theater system polls, I encourage you to do so: What is your main video display?What AV electronics do you use?What is your main speaker configuration?What source devices do you use in your main HT?Where do you get your movies?How many separate subwoofers in your main home theater? Like AVS Forum on FacebookFollow AVS Forum on Twitter+1 AVS Forum on Google+
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There's a difference between where we put and where is the best place as I know you know. I put mine in the most convenient by necessity and then EQ the sub with room correction.
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Right next to my TV. Mine is on a basement floor, on carpet over concrete. Not a great place for a sub, but it still puts out good bass...
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I voted against the wall as my two main ported 15's that do the heavy lifting reside roughly 4' from each corner on the front wall (15.5' wide room). The back of the room where the seating is located is open to the rest of the basement and there are two filler/near field subs (compact folded horn 8's) located on either side of the rear row. They are also roughly 4' from the side walls and where added to help smooth things >30Hz and add some extra kick. This combo once I got things dialed in works exceptionally well in my room and gives me +- 3dB throughout the subwoofer range across both rows of seating.

The placement was not predetermined it just happened to be where the subwoofers fit in the room, it's just pure luck that the placement happened to work well in my space.
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In my living room I didn't have any room for a sub and built a special place for it under my fireplace on a corner. It cannot be moved if I wanted. On the other hand, in my basement I have it placed against the front wall near my entertainment equipment table. To find the best place for it I put the sub where I would be sitting. I turned on some bass heavy test disc and moved around the room on my 3 walls. The place that sounded the best was up front near my entertainment table. After that little test I placed my sub there.

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I'm not sure how to vote since I used a combination of corners and walls. My answer would be where they measured best, but that isn't an option.
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Below the front mains.  I wanted an even response so no corner or wall placement.  I wanted to be able to walk around the couch without stepping over a sub.  I wanted the the path to the kitchen clear and in any case blocking that path with a sub would place the sub too close to the wall.  The only other place I could put them would be below the surrounds but that would put them too close to the wall.  I'm very space constrained so I consider myself very lucky to have such and even response with the subs in the only place I could really put them.  I need to add a new response plot to my pictures since adding the second sub, I have a more even response with 2 subs.

 

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I had my single PC12 plus in the corner but when I added my PC Ultra I switched them to roughly 1/3 up the wall each way and about 8" away from the wall so the sound was more even. When I had each of them in a corner I could localize one corner over the other regardless of which sub I put there. Since I switched them to the 1/3 wall placement I haven't had many issues.

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I have 2 right by the TV and 1 an inch from the back of my chair.
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There was not an answer for me which is in a baffle wall IB in the corners and mid wall. Spread out across the front if the room.
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mine are both in the corner and against the wall
there is also one right behind the couch (out in the room)

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I'm not sure how to vote since I used a combination of corners and walls. My answer would be where they measured best, but that isn't an option.


You can vote both corners and walls; it's a multiple-choice poll.


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There was not an answer for me which is in a baffle wall IB in the corners and mid wall. Spread out across the front if the room.


Then you would choose the corners and walls items in the poll, since it's multiple choice.


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multiple choice poll, too late redface.gif ...next time.

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under my desk cos my theater is my pc  man dose it pump some bass  mostt of the time its off though as my main speaker set up works fine

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2 on front wall at 1/4 and 3/4 and one right behind the love seat at the primary listening position. all sealed subs. Once you have had a sub nearfield you almost cant do it any other way. Had the front subs in the corners but that created huge peaks at the seating against the side wall...

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I have 2 in the back of the corners one on the 1/3 of the wall down on the left facing the opposite wall and one in the front wall centre. It where it works best for my room

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One in front left corner. second on left side of couch between couch and wall for near field. much feels.. smile.gif

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I think there is 1 choice not listed.
6) My wife says I can have subs and can place them here and here........smile.gif

I have my subs in the corner opposite each other. Gave me the best room response.

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I'm still toying with REW so I haven't made my final decision. I must get it right the first time because these will be manifold IB subwoofer pairs and I have no way to do any real-world testing until after the installation. I voted in the corners and against the wall. The front two pairs will fire from the second floor through the first floor ceiling and almost surely in the front upper corners, though I might move one to the center of one wall. The third will fire through the lower central part of the staircase near the floor at the rear of the room. Since the staircase area is an L-shaped it's somewhat like corner placement too. Three subs total.
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Scott, you need to start a new thread that asks... HOW MUCH EFFING BASS DO YOU REALLY NEED!

some of this stuff is outrageous over kill.

mine, one 15", in the corner. More than enough.
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So why does this poll add up currently to 111%?

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So why does this poll add up currently to 111%?

It's a multiple choice poll.
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Scott, you need to start a new thread that asks... HOW MUCH EFFING BASS DO YOU REALLY NEED!

some of this stuff is outrageous over kill.

mine, one 15", in the corner. More than enough.

One 15 might be loud enough, but the fidelity is very likely not very good. I have multiple sealed not for the SPL, but for the room smoothing effect and the low frequency capability. Even if you're not interested in low frequencies, you'll likely benefit from multi-subs for the smoother response.
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smoother response... what exactly is that?

I know what room modes are, and I know what smooth response is for a full range speaker, but we're talking about a very limited range... for me, below 50hz.

for me personally, I can definitely see how a second unit will help with modes, but that would be about it... and at what price double the cost?

for 2 channel it's not even a consideration, and for HT the single unit is MORE THAN enough db's to rattle the house apart during LFE.
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It's a multiple choice poll.

 

I realize that but shouldn't the percentages be calculated using the number of responses, not the numbers of respondents?

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Mine is in a corner in a cabinet (there is some airflow, it is not totally enclosed). I wish there was a different place to put it that is workable in the room layout, but it works surprisingly well all things considered!

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Corners, all 4 floor/wall tricorners.

I should note that for frequencies below 80hz you have to be more than 3' outside the corner to not be effectively in the corner, therefore, even my 2 front subs that are inside the L/R mains are still corner loaded.

Note the nasty response with either the front two or the rear two:

And the much smoother response from running all 4:
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