Easy Guide to Subwoofer Placement: Finding the Optimal Location for Best Sound

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  1. admin Audioholics Robot Staff Member

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    Your subwoofer sounds better in some spots than others. But, how do you find where it performs best? We show you how in our instructional "Subwoofer Crawl" video trick to improve the sound of your sub for no cost. Within minutes you can be on your way for finding the best location(s) to place your subwoofer.

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    Watch our Subwofer Placement Video Procedure

    So what are you waiting for? Give this technique a try and let us know how it works for you.
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  2. haraldo Audioholic Spartan

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    Be careful about posting videoes of this procedure on Youtube, the men wearing white coats might come to get you :eek:
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  3. Marshall_Guthrie Audioholics Videographer Extraordinaire

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    Nice! I've never seen a video on the subwoofer crawl and this one makes the concept as clear as it can be.
  5. Marshall_Guthrie Audioholics Videographer Extraordinaire

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    Thank you. We'll have more setup and audio advice videos up soon, so don't forget to frequent audioholics.com, subscribe to the newsletter, or subscribe on youtube.
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  7. Marshall_Guthrie Audioholics Videographer Extraordinaire

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    Definitely a bit much. That's not to say that there isn't still a place for the golden triangle and perfect room dimensions, but I think the years have taught us that there are far to many opinions on what those perfect dimensions are to offer them as a blanket rule.

    Oh well, at least I was able to use the clickable clapping hands to give myself a round of applause :)
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    I've seen this method used and have tried it myself numerous times. One thing to remember though, while the acoustic science behind this is pretty sound, it doesn't take into consideration one major detail; boundary gain. If one is to place a sub in a chair in the open room it is not interacting with the sidewalls nearly as much as corner loading or placing the sub near a large wall. So even with you crawling around near the walls, you are not getting the huge bump in output the sub would be getting if it was placed there. So listening for an even sound is difficult. But it will certainly give you an idea of where there would be large suck outs in the bass response, which are much harder to deal with.

    Another resource I refer to people that want to know just about everything they possibly could about subs, bass and room placement (which also goes into the crawl method) can be found here:

    Soundoctor - all about subs

    This is a site by one of the main guys over at JL Audio and it has some excellent advice and tools for making the most of your room when it comes to bass and subs.
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    Yes, there's a lot at work with subs, and the crawl method looks primarily at reflective interference (peaks and nulls). Boundary gain, sometimes called "corner loading" can increase output beyond what you would hear using the crawl. I suppose I could have included that and kept the video under 5 minutes.

  10. MENUMORUT Audiophyte

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    2 vs 1

    I want to know if a HSU VTH-15 H dualdrive subwoofer is better than a PSB Subseries 500 (both combinations are about the same price: $2,000). The front system would be two Stratus Gold and one Imagine C, the rear surround would be 2 Imagine B. The amplification I plan to buy is Emotiva UMC-200 and XPA-5.
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    At $2,000, I'd definitely check out the competition. My recommendation would be to start a new thread about your sub purchase and get multiple opinions.

    Audioholics almost always recommends 2 or more subwoofers, so the 2x HSU would have the advantage there. Here's a review:

    HSU VTF-15H Subwoofer Review | Audioholics

    Also check out SVS's recently announced PB-2000.

    SVS PB-2000 and SB-2000 Subwoofers Preview | Audioholics

    The SVS has better extension and similar power to the PSB at less than half the price. You can currently get 2 x PB-2000 for $1500.
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    Proper placement of the sub-woofer will surely get you the best quality sound you ever wanted. I think it is good to elevate your sub woofer overhead.
  13. jesus Audiophyte

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    i its my first time on this forum and i have seen the chart of the sub review
    but in the liste there is only one that is certified (i guest that meens it recomended) for small roomand that is in the 300 dollars range i would like to have more choiceses in that price range
    what a have is the energy cf 50 tower the cc10 for center and too cr 10 seround and iwould like to know if the esw c-10 is good for a small room or is there better for the same price range????

    and if i would add too other speakers for a 7.1 setup is it worth buying
    the V-S surround speaker or rc-10,cb-20,cb-10 or a other brand than is better for the same price

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