Originally Posted by kutlow
Ivan for typical speakers they say it's best to have the tweeter at ear level. I've read that Danley Speakers seem to sound better if they are alittle higher. I also know these speakers are usually higher than the audience. While reclined back in my seats my ear is at 38 inches off the floor. I could sit them on top of my DTS 10'S which is 45 inches from the floor. That would put the center of the horn 59 inches from the floor. I could tilt them down some. Would that be ok or should I build a stand to get them centered at ear level?
To be honest, I have not played with different listening heights.
However if you have several rows of seating, then having them higher is a very good thing and the heads in front will block some of the sound going to the people in the rear. Think "shooting over the heads" type of thing.
You also have to consider that when a particular person says a loudspeaker sound better at a higher position-it could be totally true-IN THEIR ROOM. The reflection paths of a particular room can affect the overall "sound".
Given "total freedom" to put loudspeakers where I would like, I would like to see a perf screen and the center channel in the middle behind that. The reason being that you would be drawn towards the screen (not above or below).
For the left and right I would like to see them up a bit and aimed down towards the seats. The reason being that in most cases the most absorbtive "place" in the room is the floor-between the carpet-couches/recliners etc-people and so forth. This would keep the reflections down, and would drive the reflections off of the walls down "into" the diffusive/absorbtive" character of the floor, where it will not "bounce around" the room as much-so the overall "sound" of the room would be better.
The less the room changes the sound the better you will hear what the audio mixer on the project wants you to hear.
Of course the surrounds should be pointed down towards the listening area-for the same reasons as the mains.