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I've always wanted to finally obtain a triple monitor setup, and after running into the catleaps I'm beginning to seriously consider following through with it. The current 24" 1080p monitor that I was going to go triplets on has since been discontinued, I just never got around to pulling the trigger on an additional two displays.

Anyways this has less to do with what I'm getting at...

I'm a music enthusiast, bedroom guitar warrior, whatever you wanna call it. But more so than that I enjoy producing and mixing music. There is a dilemma introduced when it comes to looking into a triple display setup, in that there's no clear line of site for my speaker monitors, especially now that I'm looking to expand to a 27" triple display. I'm currently with just the two krk rg6's, I also intend to expand on my monitoring with additional speakers later down the road.

Are there any forum members that were once stuck with this exact same issue in the past? If so how did you get around it? Being able to view mixer panels and long stretches of audio waveforms is just too enticing to end up avoiding on account of desk space.

Mounting and angling these speakers is not ideal, as it introduces problems concerning room treatment and acoustics, not to mention the speakers will no longer be at ear level. But elevating the displays may not work either, due in part to neck strain. It seems to really come down to picking either one or the other. This same concern arises from even a dual monitor setup as well, at least with displays of this size.

Ideally one usually would have their speakers spaced around 6ft apart, and angled for the projected sound to meet just behind your head, all to form an equilateral triangle. Since I'm working on a much smaller setup, this proves even more difficult. However I don't have the perfect listening environment so I'm loose with some of the ideal placements and positioning. I just don't want some outrageous kind of placement, or compromise in some way with the display as well.

Here's a quick draw of what my situation would be, the speaker where they currently sit would now hide behind the displays, and unless I can come to move everything into a larger room, I cannot hope to palce the speaker far back enough, nor move my desk any further from the wall and experience any benefit in different placements. This is not to scale nor accurate, only meant to give an idea. The top depiction is of a top-down view looking onto a desk surface. With my single monitor setup right now, you can imagine how nice my speakers currently sit just to the left and right of the center monitor. However three displays.. again the purpose of the thread! xD

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Speakers behind your monitors are going to totally defeat having nice speakers. There really isn't any optimal solution for you, maybe sit them on some floor stands, or mount the monitors high enough that the speakers can be set on their side and angled up, either way is not optimal but significantly better than totally blocking them with some monitors IMO.
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oh just to iterate, the intention is to NOT have the speakers being blocked. tongue.gif lol

This drawing only depicts what I would be forced to do had I been using a triple monitor setup atm in my current space, with the current placement of the speakers. But raising the speakers 6-9" above ear level so that they rise above the displays doesn't sound ideal either. Perhaps some creative mounting for the displays could work, that is if any of them have some awesome viewing angles...

One solution that didn't even occur to me is having all three monitors in portrait, despite how much I dislike that : /
A desk that sits lower may be an option. currently the desk surface is 29" above the floor. The top of my knees while sitting reach near 23"
Having a lower desk may buy me a few more inches to work with in speaker height.

Speakers built to sit upright don't perform all too well on their side, however there are monitors out there fashioned to work as such (a pair of adams for example) that is certainly a consideration. I should have mentioned I currently have these speakers on stands.
Edited by redoubt9000 - 8/18/13 at 2:58pm
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Speakers behind your monitors are going to totally defeat having nice speakers. There really isn't any optimal solution for you, maybe sit them on some floor stands, or mount the monitors high enough that the speakers can be set on their side and angled up, either way is not optimal but significantly better than totally blocking them with some monitors IMO.

QFT. There's no optimal solution to this situation. Mount them higher than your monitors or get floor speaker stands.

In my experience putting speakers behind monitors sounds exactly like you'd expect: like something is blocking your speakers. Even horrible speaker angling sounds better than blocking them. In my previous setup my speaker placement was way too wide, but there wasn't much of a choice.

Edited by HesterDW - 8/18/13 at 2:59pm
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