So you bought a new subwoofer (or two). Congratulations! You probably spent a fair amount of time researching and comparing products to select the sub with the optimum performance within your budget. Whether you settled on a Velodyne or not, we want to make sure your hard work wasn’t wasted by helping you in the final step towards getting the best possible performance out of your subwoofer(s): optimal subwoofer placement. As some of our staff say (jokingly), the best place for your sub is wherever your significant other will let you put it. However, if you do have some flexibility, we’ll help you make the best of it!
With that in mind, here are some simple guidelines to follow that may help:
1. A Simple Chore–Stay Away from the Door As a general rule, avoid placing a subwoofer close to an opening in the room, such as a doorway or corridor.
2. Equidistance is the Wrong Distance Place the sub an unequal distance between any two walls for best performance.
3. You’ve Got the Power (right?) Make sure you have an AC outlet 110-117 volts and either line level RCA or speaker level wire that can run to the location where you are planning to place the sub.
4. No One Puts a Velodyne in the Corner Unless loudness is your top priority, we don’t recommend corner placement for the sub. Subwoofers placed in a corner will excite the room easier, making the sub more directional (i.e. you can tell where it is) and it will tend to emphasize the bass at certain frequencies. This may make the overall bass performance more boomy or muddy. Then again, if you want to impress your neighbors with your sub’s earth-shaking volume, the corner is the best place.
5. When In Doubt, Crawl If it turns out that you have multiple options for placement, one of the best ways to discriminate between them is The Crawl Test. Place the subwoofer in your La-Z-Boy (or wherever you’ll be listening from) and crawl around the room, either listening or measuring for the best sound. Wherever you are when the sub sounds best to you is where your subwoofer should go.
And voila! Perfect subwoofer placement. Also check out Velodyne’s instructional video series on subwoofer installation and set-up to hear this information and more in the words of our charming sales and engineering staff on Velodyne’s YouTube page.
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