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Rear Speaker Height question?

Buddyjay
11-18-2008, 08:07 AM
I have read older threads about this topic where it is recommended to place the surround speakers about a foot above ear level (in a smaller room).
I have two questions.
1) My sitting position is about 40" high, my back speakers are 10" high (DT BP-1.2x bi-polar bookshelf type).
I MUST put the speakers on stands (no wall placement), and most stands tap out at 36" high. What do you do to get them up higher?

2) Most seating positions are 36" - 40"... They obviously have stands (for the rears)that are 20" - 30". Unless putting these on tables, aren't these stands too low for bookshelf type rears? Am I missing something here?

htsteve
11-18-2008, 06:29 PM
I have read older threads about this topic where it is recommended to place the surround speakers about a foot above ear level (in a smaller room).
I have two questions.
1) My sitting position is about 40" high, my back speakers are 10" high (DT BP-1.2x bi-polar bookshelf type).
I MUST put the speakers on stands (no wall placement), and most stands tap out at 36" high. What do you do to get them up higher?

2) Most seating positions are 36" - 40"... They obviously have stands (for the rears)that are 20" - 30". Unless putting these on tables, aren't these stands too low for bookshelf type rears? Am I missing something here?


Buddyjay,

I don't think you are missing anything. Let me see if I can help. For On wall speakers, especially dipoles or bipoles, a foot (or two) above the listening position is pretty common. In this situation, you want the speakers to be lined up with the ear.

In you situation, you said they can't be on wall. So they need to be on a shelf or stands.

Ideally, you want the rear speakers tweeter/midrange drivers at about ear level. And also matching the height of the front speakers, if possible (this keeps the plane the same with the fronts. Trust me, it works).

You are correct in saying the speaker stand heights can not always be ideal, but get as close as you can.

One other thing, I didn't see if your rear speakers will be on the side of the listening position or actually behind you. I've had rear speakers at all possible locations. The best for me has been at ear height behind the listening position. Behind by a couple of feet if you are able to.

My rear speakers are about 2 to 2.5 feet behind my couch at just about ear height for the tweeter and midrange. I cheated though, I have tower speakers for my rears and it worked out perfectly.



Hope this helps.

Loves2Watch
11-19-2008, 08:55 AM
And you always have the option of building your own speaker stands as I have done many times. I used 4x4's cut to the height I wanted, attached plywood platforms to the top (speaker shelf) and bottom (stability base) of the 4x4's with 4 screws, painted them satin black and voila, nice looking speaker stands. Many have asked me where I purchased them.

Hope this helps.

PokeFan
11-19-2008, 05:27 PM
What is the best way to deal with a high rear speaker placement? In my room setup the rear speakers are near the ceiling. Moving them to the proper height isn't really an option.

Loves2Watch
11-19-2008, 06:28 PM
What is the best way to deal with a high rear speaker placement? In my room setup the rear speakers are near the ceiling. Moving them to the proper height isn't really an option.

Then you would be best advised to aim the speakers (point them in the direction) towards the main listeners position.

PokeFan
11-19-2008, 09:23 PM
Then you would be best advised to aim the speakers (point them in the direction) towards the main listeners position.

Are there any speaker brands/types that are better suited for this type of set up? I have read that speakers that use a technology similar to the Mirage Nanosat are better at filling the space (I don't know if I am saying that right). Not sure if that would improve things in this situation or not.

Loves2Watch
11-19-2008, 10:30 PM
Are there any speaker brands/types that are better suited for this type of set up? I have read that speakers that use a technology similar to the Mirage Nanosat are better at filling the space (I don't know if I am saying that right). Not sure if that would improve things in this situation or not.

If they are direct radiating speakers, they all would sound and be aimed about the same. Bipole or Dipole speakers on the other hand are an entirely different story.

electrobot9727
11-21-2008, 11:12 AM
I've always had a hard time placing rear speakers as well. Thanks for the help guys...indirectly or not!