Some TV consoles are wider than they are tall. Paul McGowan is the co-founder of PS Audio (The 'P' ) and has been designing, building and enjoying high end audio since 1974. What's the best place to point a side firing woofer at in a room? Your email address will not be published. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to I have the 2.9’s which are designed similar to the 3.3’s except a 10” versus a 12″ side firing subwoofer in a smaller cabinet and they sound great firing to the inside. Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 - 03:24 GMT . © 2020 PS Audio - Boulder, Colorado, USA, After labeling the subject, here's where you type in your actual question for Paul. Usually, these subs are placed next to the seating area or directly behind it. Thus, always make sure that you preserve the functionality of your subwoofer. A down-firing subwoofer cannot be used as a front-firing subwoofer or vice versa. Here are three tips to help locate the ideal placement of your subwoofer: 1. You can read our complete legal information for more details. If your subwoofer is a port design, it’ll have a small hole in the back to allow air to flow through. The best placement for your subwoofer depends on your room and your subwoofer. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. There are lots of reasons you might consider putting a subwoofer on its side. The Klipsch Synergy Black Label Sub-120 Subwoofer (on Amazon) is clearly front-firing, while the REL Acoustics T/5i Subwoofer (also on Amazon) is down-firing, which we know because we can't see the driver facing out. Down firing subwoofers are designed to vibrate the floor. Looking at a few examples, you can tell it's the driver placement that determines the firing direction. He lives in Boulder Colorado with his wife Terri and his four sons: Lon, Sean, Scott and Rob. Consider the cords. Replies to my comments This is possible only if the speaker is facing the listening area. This site is owned and operated by Matthes Internet Marketing LLC. On the one hand, the speaker is not calibrated for floor amplification. My 12″ powered sub sits between the L\R monitors with the driver facing the right speaker, also LP at 70Hz. Subwoofers are either down-firing or front-firing. If you have a wired subwoofer, look for the best place without leaving any wires for people to trip over. You can also subscribe without commenting. In sum, yes in certain instances you can put a subwoofer on its side. Front-firing subwoofers are designed to be part of your TV console, although they don’t have to be. But does this impact the sound quality? Both model speakers have angled baffles so you have no choice but to fire them to the inside so NHT figured they were better that way. Well NHT has them pointed inwards and it cannot be changed since these are mirrored right and left speakers with angled baffles. Hopefully, you’re one step closer to setting up your home theater. I read a couple of Sonus Faber Olympica III reviews, they unanimously agreed that pointing the side directed linear bass port to the middle provided a better sound stage. With Paul’s AN3 12″ single outward side-firing driver LP at 70Hz, placement means very little. If the question involves an immediate need, this is not a good place as Paul won't see them for weeks. ... Test it out on both the left and the right side of the TV to hear which one sounds best to you. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases made on our website. This site also participates in other affiliate programs and is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies.