Which Way Should A Subwoofer Face In Home Theater?

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Where Should You Place A Subwoofer In Your Home Theater?

In general, a subwoofer should be placed in a way that it's facing the main listening area. Generally speaking, a front-firing subwoofer needs to be facing out towards the room.

The location you choose for your subwoofer plays a significant role in its performance. Bass needs a lot of space around it to resonate properly. The space is known as the woofer’s “envelope of air.” Ideally, this air envelope should be at the same volume dimension like the dimensions of the woofer. If you have a small subwoofer, placing it in the rear corner of your room may not provide proper spacing, and you may want to place it in the front.

Further, mounted subs are always a good choice if you have little room for a stand-alone subwoofer. Combine the sub and your front-facing speaker. This way, you can place the subwoofer in a central location, under your TV, for example.

Where Should I Not Place A Subwoofer?

Although this may seem like a no-brainer, the answer isn’t always as obvious as it may seem. But some general guidelines are worth following.

Generally, a subwoofer can be placed anywhere in a room, as long as it has an unobstructed path to the listener on the screen. This means that the subwoofer won’t be placed in front of the screen (because it will block the view) or behind the screen (because it would be facing away from the action).

One of the best placement possibilities is to put the subwoofer near a corner. That way, the cone of the speaker is facing the front of the room and there will be no problem with blocking the view of the screen. Also, placing it near a corner allows the subwoofer to blend in nicely with the room.

Putting the subwoofer in a corner will not resolve all sound problems, but it’s worth considering, particularly for small rooms.

Do You Need To Adjust Settings When Moving A Subwoofer?

It is recommended that you keep your subwoofer centered underneath or behind the middle of the main seating area. Doing so will ensure that the subwoofer will be placed in the optimal location to maximize your home theater audio experience.

If the subwoofer is not working or producing full bass sound, it is time to adjust the phase or select a different setting on the phase control function. Most subwoofers have switches or dials to control different settings. Home theater and audio receivers also offer phase control and adjustment functions.

Final Thoughts On Where Subwoofers Should Face

When you purchase a subwoofer, you’ll probably notice the manufacturer has a recommended direction for the placement of the sub. That direction is called the polar response. The polar response indicates the direction that the subwoofer will produce the most bass. But while the manufacturer's recommendation is a good starting point, it’s only a recommendation.

In this post, we took a look at some of the things to consider when selecting a spot for your subwoofer. The room you place the subwoofer in will affect its performance. As we mentioned before, in the case of home theater, the spot you’ll choose is the spot where you’ll get the most sound coming from the main speakers. Optimizing your home layout and furniture placement for good sound will result in a theater that sounds best to you.

Similar to the subwoofer, the surround speakers should be placed in an optimal spot that yields the best surround sound. While there’s no right or wrong place to mount your surround speakers, it’s best practice to place them in a location where you can obtain equal sound across the designated seating area.