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6. Subwoofers > 52. Optimize Subwoofer Placement

Optimize Subwoofer Placement

Once you’ve selected a subwoofer, you can figure out the best location for it with a little patience, a lot of trial and error, and a six-pack.

Although you don’t need to worry about room size [Hack #50] when choosing a subwoofer [Hack #49] , once you have your subwoofer, you should spend some time finding the best location for it. This often is the difference between loud bass and clear bass—an important distinction.

Basic Principles

A subwoofer for home theater tends to have the biggest impact if placed in a front corner with the longest unbroken walls on either side. This gives the sound the full length of the walls to reflect off of and reinforces the lowest possible frequencies.


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