Listening Room Design Tips: Proper Subwoofer Placement

The quality of the movie you watch or the music you listen to always depends on your surround sound system setup. The anchor to a surround sound system is your subwoofer. While many retail electronic stores sell sound systems for use at home, you must know where to place the equipment properly once you’ve made a purchase. The following guide will help you decide on the best place to put your subwoofer when working on your listening room design: How Many Units Do You Need? Depending on the size of your listening room, you’ll need to install at least four different subwoofer units if you have more than four different seating options:

  • Small couch or two chairs — One Subwoofer
  • One row of chairs — two subwoofers
  • Multiple rows for a seating arrangement — four subwoofers or more

Best Practices for Placing Subwoofers The best method to follow when placing subwoofers is called room mode cancellation. In short, this method ensures that the entire room is equally covered by the same noise level coming from each subwoofer. A quality listening room design will have subwoofers placed at wall points in a rectangular room at the middle of each wall. It is much harder to place subwoofers at exact points if you’re working with a rectangular room. When placing subwoofers in a rectangular shaped room, you must use what is called boundary element modeling. This is often done by a third party acoustic company because special equipment is needed to determine where to best place subwoofers to achieve the best possible sound quality. Subwoofer Placement for Aesthetic Appeal When it comes to listening room design, many people make the mistake of placing subwoofers in corners to make the room more attractive. This is a common mistake among do-it-yourself homeowners. Subwoofers must be strategically placed around the room according to best sound practices. If the aesthetic part of the process bothers you, securely fastening each subwoofer to the walls is the best solution.


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