Even though setting up loudspeakers seems like a trivial task, there are some things to pay attention to in order to get the best effect. Just follow these simple tips and you should be all set.
First of all, make sure that when placing loudspeaker in your home, put it on a stable surface. You don’t want anything that can vibrate. Speakers by nature tend to vibrate and if the surface also has a tendency to vibrate then there will be residences which can the color the sound of the speaker. In addition, having a solid surface ensures that the speakers cannot easily fall down and get damaged. Further, when running speaker wire, make sure that the wire is safely tucked away. Don’t leave too much slack but at the same time make sure the wire is long enough in order not to for many loops where somebody could accidentally tripped and pull the speakers down onto the floor.
If you are setting up active speakers then make sure there’s plenty of ventilation around the speaker enclosure. Most likely, the speaker will have heat sinks on the back which will radiate heat. These heat sinks might get very heart and thus should have enough space. Further, you don’t want to cover your speakers or place anything on them.
One option which is quite effective is to purchase spikes which can be mounted at the bottom of the speaker enclosure. The spikes will keep the speakers safely in place and eliminate vibrations.
Another option is to purchase soft pads which have adhesive on one side and can be attached to the bottom of the speaker. These pads are soft and thus dampen any vibrations which could otherwise transfer to the floor. Further, when placing the speaker, make sure that the front of the speaker faces the right direction. You don’t want the front of the speaker pointing towards the wall because then mostly you will perceive reflected sound components. It is always best to have direct exposure to the front of the speaker wherever you are. High-frequency components tend to travel primarily into one direction. Therefore, the sound which you will perceive when standing in front of the speaker will differ from the sound that you will hear when standing besides will behind the speaker.
Some speakers are designed for omnidirectional sound distribution. Those speakers typically will have one subwoofer which is located horizontally so that the sound this diffused into all directions and three or four dedicated tweeters which are mounted with one tweeter facing into each direction. These speakers can be placed anywhere because the direction will not have any effect on the sound propagation.