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OK so I want to know the following:

1. What is better acoustically for a sub woofer (what would be best to get best quality sound); hard wood flooring or carpet?

2. Is there any benefit from putting sound proof material under speakers (not sub woofer)

3. Is it optimal for the satellites and other surround speakers to be pointed toward the listener?

4. What does the padding in the inner part of earphones and headphones and on the outside of some subs do? And Does it affect it in anyway?

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1. Carpet; absorbs reflections

2. Like what? Foam? Then yes, it can decouple the speakers from the stand/table/whatever and reduce unwanted vibrations

3. Surrounds should be pointed towards the ears, fronts should be pointed to an equilibrium center spot that's 43% further away than the distance between the L/R speakers.

4. Padding? Not sure what you mean, I assume padding is comfort for headphones...for subs are you talking about the surrounds? Those are to facilitate more movement and increase SPL.
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Originally Posted by astrallite View Post
1. Carpet; absorbs reflections

2. Like what? Foam? Then yes, it can decouple the speakers from the stand/table/whatever and reduce unwanted vibrations

3. Surrounds should be pointed towards the ears, fronts should be pointed to an equilibrium center spot that's 43% further away than the distance between the L/R speakers.

4. Padding? Not sure what you mean, I assume padding is comfort for headphones...for subs are you talking about the surrounds? Those are to facilitate more movement and increase SPL.
By padding I mean the nylon like cover over the speaker area od the headphones and the nylon cover for subs.

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1. Carpet vs. Hardwood flooring is debatable. If you go see any live performance they are likely going to be playing on a hardwood stage. Floor reflections to a certain extent are natural. I think wood with an area rug under where you are going to be listening from will be best.

2. I think it is normal to put spikes on speakers to couple them to the floor, and foam if they are bookshelf speakers on a table or something.

3. Angle of speakers is partially listener preference. The more they are angled in the more focused the sound stage will be. I'm not sure if that holds true for surround speakers, but for front L/R it does.

4. I'm still not sure what you mean.
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By padding I mean the nylon like cover over the speaker area od the headphones and the nylon cover for subs.
Are you refering to the speaker grills?



Like what's on the left speaker? They are just for protecting the drivers, keeping dust etc away from them - they are designed to be acoustically transparent; they have no effect on the sound.
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In live situations it does not matter to much once there is a crowd. During sound check you would notice but once the room is full of bodies so much sound is absorbed that the shape of the room maters more at that point. In the studio it matters more I have had both. For me I prefer carpet it keep standing waves to a minimum but ether way the system can be tuned to minimize any effects the room has on the sound.
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