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Old 15th September 2011
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monitors MUST be centered to the wall?

I recently read that your monitors should be "centered" to the wall they are on. That fact doesn't seem to be drilled into me as much as some of the other general rules when I read about monitor placement.

Is centering the monitors in the room definitely the best way to go? Does anyone know of any authoritative literature that references this idea?

I googled images of mix rooms and indeed most of the monitors seem to be placemed dead in the center of the room, however I was able to find quite a few pictures of big studios with huge SSL boards that were not dead center. They were off to the left or right in order to leave a walkway on the side.

Can anyone confirm or add to the idea that it is necessary to place your monitors in the center of the wall and can you elaborate on the benefits for us? Thanks guys.
Old 15th September 2011
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Think about this picture but the sound waves passing the dude and bouncing around. In a perfect world, If you are perfectly centered, the sound waves will mirror each other and bounce back to you at the same time.

http://www.m-audio.com/news/en_us-2030.html
Old 16th September 2011
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Think about this picture but the sound waves passing the dude and bouncing around. In a perfect world, If you are perfectly centered, the sound waves will mirror each other and bounce back to you at the same time.

M-AUDIO - Understanding Studio Monitors: Placement
Thanks, JoRillo,

That link is really helpful. It makes a lot of sense. I have seen Bob Hodas say that the monitors should be centered as well.

However, this article at the real traps website seems to contradict the centering idea.
RealTraps - How To Set Up a Room

"...while left-right symmetry is important for proper imaging, you could optionally offset your listening position a few inches to either side to avoid being exactly halfway between the left and right side walls"

The real traps article seems to imply that being directly in the center will create nulls.

That disagreement is what has me confused. Who do you think is right?
Old 16th September 2011
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Here's Bob Hodas on Pensado's place:

- Pensado's Place - #21 - The secrets behind tuning your room! - YouTube
Old 16th September 2011
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However, this article at the real traps website seems to contradict the centering idea.
RealTraps - How To Set Up a Room
Not at all! A few inches is a small amount in a room 15 feet wide. As I explained in the article, that's mainly to avoid bass nulls. Versus imaging, which is what symmetry at mid and high frequencies addresses.

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