Should I pull my speakers from the wall?

December 27, 2018
 by Paul McGowan

4 comments on “Should I pull my speakers from the wall?”

  1. Paul,

    I can certainly appreciate the debate over speaker placement and balancing between movie and critical audio listening modes. The solution I settled on was to connect my tower speakers with cables long enough to accommodate two listening positions without moving my 75 pound mono blocks. The normal position is in line with the screen and the matching center channel. The secondary position (due to sharing the space with a kids playroom) is to move the front towers out two-three feet and down from a countertop (yes countertop – as it prevents my wife from worrying about the kids from knocking them over at floor level). While they are 66 pounds each, the move only takes a minute. It’s a compromise I live with as it works for the whole family.

    Jon
    NEWBURYPORT, Massachusetts

  2. Paul, please don’t compromise those AN’s!
    The compromise I have made in my system that does double duty as high end 2 channel and home theater is by having my main speakers pulled out 5.5 feet the front wall. My motorized screen comes down 1 foot from the wall, and the baffle of the center channel speaker is even with it resting on the fireplace mantel. So, technically my stereo isn’t compromised, but my theater is. Fortunately, I can’t detect any compromise in the sound, as it all sounds awesomely good to me!

  3. Well done, Paul. Our dedicated stereo is in our living room. As my wife puts it, I’ve dragged in all sorts of speakers in over past 40 years, so she’s used to the scene. (BTW, I’m the one cursed with ‘golden ears’ – Pat is tone deaf.) Anyway, some of the speakers I’ve had weighed a lot, nothing like the IRS V’s, but it was a struggle to move them. Usually I keep the speakers about 30″ away from the wall on either side of the fireplace, but it has always compromised soundstage and bass. So, when I want to really listen, I have to position the speakers where I find the image and bass the best. Crap, drag the speakers out. Even mini monitors perched on 90 lb lead shot filled stands – grunt. I do understand your dilemma with your new speaker designs.

    I now have Magnepan 1.7’s. Great sounding speaker weighing 45 lbs! Nice, back near the wall, and when I want to ‘listen’, they’re so light I can bring them out into the room and WOW soundstage and bass (along with a sub). Back to the wall for room filling background listening. Anyway, my pitch for Maggies if one has this problem with their stereo speaker placement.

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