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#2411596 - Today at 04:24 PM Speaker positioning
sandalholme Offline
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Registered: 12/31/09
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Loc: Dorset, UK
A recent thread on speakers seemed to indicate that people placed speakers facing them, but I wonder if this is usual. I have Presonus Eris 5 speakers which sit on the floor inside the ES7 stand - touching the sides - facing outwards. My reasoning is that, apart from the immediate sound directly from the action, sound radiates outwards from a grand piano, albeit out towards the player's right hand side. Having played grands for many years, hearing the sound come at me would feel like hearing someone else playing really close to me. I did try, before buying the Eris 5s, feeding the sound to my domestic speakers, which actually fire across the front of the ES7, some distance away, and it sounded weird. Outward facing speakers also help to listen critically to my playing from about 20 or so feet away, when it does sound, as it should, like hearing a piano from that sort of distance.

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#2411600 - Today at 04:47 PM Re: Speaker positioning [Re: sandalholme]
Morodiene Offline
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I'm kind of new to this, but it's my understanding that it depends on the type of speaker that you have. I think with most powered monitors you will want them facing toward wherever you are sitting for optimal sound. I can be wrong in this, but it just seems that is the case.

As far as what would be best for playing piano, I personally would like it to mimic as much the position as if I'm playing rather than as the listener's perspective. I don't think there's a right or wrong in this, I just prefer to make it sound like I'm actually at the piano when I'm playing.
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#2411629 - Today at 08:14 PM Re: Speaker positioning [Re: Morodiene]
Charles Cohen Offline
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Registered: 12/26/12
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. . . I think with most powered monitors you will want them facing toward wherever you are sitting for optimal sound. I can be wrong in this, but it just seems that is the case. . . .

Yes !

In any speaker, the woofers aren't terribly directional, but the tweeters _are_ directional.

If you listen from the back or side of the speaker, you're losing a lot of high-frequency sound. Some of it will come back to you as "room reflections", but a lot will just be absorbed.

If you don't believe it, set up the speaker(s) and play, with them facing you. Then turn them around . . .

That's one of the reasons that bands use "stage monitors". The PA system feeds sound outward, to the audience. The band gets low frequencies, but not the high frequencies of the audience-facing tweeters. So they need a speaker (or several speakers) aimed _toward them_.

. CHarles


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