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Where should I place my subwoofer?

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asked Apr 26, 2015 in Temblor Series by AlexTinsley (902,800 points)
I hear conflicting stories from different places about where I should place the subwoofer in my room. What do you have to say about this?

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answered Apr 26, 2015 by AlexTinsley (902,800 points)
 
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The goal of proper subwoofer placement is to set up your system so that 
your subwoofer acts as a natural extension of your full-range monitors 
without boosting the overall bass response of your room or exaggerating 
any one frequency or frequency range. Because low frequencies are not 
directional—that is, humans cannot perceive the direction from which low 
frequencies are coming— you aren’t limited to placing it near your full-range 
monitors. However, placing your T8 in the same side of the room as your 
full-range monitors will typically provide the best listening experience.

A quick way to find the best location for your subwoofer is to temporarily 
place it on the ground where you would normally be listening to your system, 
then play some music that contains a lot of bass. Walk around the half of the 
room where you have placed your full-range monitors until you find the spot 
where the bass sounds its best. In general, you will want to avoid placing 
your subwoofer too near to reflective surfaces, like a wall or in a corner as 
this will exaggerate the bass energy and make your T8 sound “boomy.”

Once you find the place in the room where the bass sounds the smoothest, 
place your T8 in that spot, return to the listening position and listen to it again. 
You may need to adjust the location; just keep making small adjustment (a 
foot or so at a time) until the bass response sounds as even as possible.

This was taken from page 7 of the Temblor User Manual

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