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Square Room - Speaker Placement
Old 17th November 2012
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Square Room - Speaker Placement

Speaker Placement in a square room is insane. According to Cardas, creating Golden Rectangles from the corners would put my speakers 9ft or more apart if I wanted to have space for recording ect. That puts my speakers roughly 2ft from side walls and 3ft from speaker wall which would just make bass response worse.
Or am I just not understanding his Golden Rectangle Rule?

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Having an equilateral triangle I dont think is possible like this, the diagnol lines being drawn from corners would put me about 4-5 ft from back wall which is keeping the 38% rule. But that leaves me no room to do anything

Can I just use the 38% rule from the front wall, create my triangle or is Cardas' square room rule strict.

Here is my room-not all details present but you'll get an idea
Room Dimensions: 13x13x8 - give or take inches (the house is old)

There is a bookshelf on the right- floor to ceiling (1ft from ceiling) The top shelf goes around the speaker wall illustrated by hashed lines.

Might switch my speaker wall to left wall just need to make sure I wont cover the door way.
Will windows on my right be worse or better than bookshelf on my right. Either way it won't be symmetrical.

Just want to get some initial thoughts, will be measuring room soon.

Thank you slutz,

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Old 17th November 2012
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There are no hard rules for placement. Every room is different (dimensions, geometry and boundary conditions) so the only way to find the best setup is to experiment and confirm with measurements. The 38 % figure is only a theoretical starting point assuming simple boundary conditions (non-complex impedance) and specific speaker placement. It does NOT replace experimenting and measuring.
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