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Rear Speakers The rear speakers should be mounted on walls on either side of audience. Their purpose is to provide a sense of atmosphere, not provide main sound for your home theater system. Therefore, they should not be pointed directly at audience's ears or you risk over powering center channel and two front speakers. Again, distance is important. Try to have rear speakers same distance from TV in order to use same amount of speaker wire and if possible have them placed equidistance from audience.
Subwoofer Bass tones by their nature are more difficult to localize than midrange and high notes of other five speakers. This will give you more freedom as to where to place subwoofer. However, location surrounding subwoofer can greatly influence bass tones you hear. Placing subwoofer in a corner or under a table will create a deeper resonating tone as sound waves reflect off of surfaces. The placement of subwoofer is up to you, depending on type of bass you want. Experiment with different locations and find one that best suits your taste.
Realizing full potential of your home theater speakers is not a difficult task. By following these guidelines, you will be ready to enjoy your home theater way it was meant to be heard.
Jon Martin is the Webmaster of the Home Theater Accessories Resource. The Home Theater Accessories Resource is your guide to home theater accessories.
This article came from the Connecting Home Theater Components section of the site.