Speaker placement 101

Not only does SVS make some killer speakers, they also have a blog with lots of useful information for home theater enthusiasts. This one is on speaker placement. I’m assuming you all are comfortable with the 5.1/7.1 setups, but past that into Dolby Atmos… I certainly learned a thing or two.

SVS receives lots of questions about loudspeaker and subwoofer placement for home theater systems. We’ve already covered subwoofer placement, so this article will focus on the loudspeaker channels.

When home theater was in its relative infancy, a 5.1 system was state-of-the art. Now even 7.1 is standard and 9-channel and 11-channel surround sound processors are increasingly common.

Regardless of the number of speakers in a home theater system, the final goal is the same – precise localization of special effects, a spacious sound stage, seamless panning across all channels and three-dimensional imaging. This can only occur if each speaker channel is properly placed.