Surround-Sound Speaker Placement

Surround-Sound Speaker Placement

A typical home-theater system is not optimized for the playback of multichannel music. That’s not to say that many home theaters can’t convincingly reproduce a multichannel SACD or DVD-Audio disc; many can, but most aren’t explicitly set up for it, and for good reason. Home theaters — discounting for a moment those that include projection systems, which are the vast minority — all have in some form a monitor placed in a central position in front of the viewer.

The speaker system’s placement, therefore, by necessity, is a secondary consideration next to the placement of the monitor. Because of this, compromises in system setup and configuration are introduced that negatively affect the reproduction of surround music. The biggest culprit is the center-channel speaker.

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