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3 Tips on Where to Place a Subwoofer


Ready to shake the ground and boost the boom in your room?

Adding a caisson de basses to any audio system can enhance your music and movie listening experience. But, finding the right location for your caisson de basses is key.

Here are three tips to help locate the ideal placement of your caisson de basses:

1. Consider the cords

If your caisson de basses requires a direct wire hookup to the receiver, you’ll want to make sure you’ll be able to hide the wires wherever you place the caisson de basses. Wires lying across a floor are easy to step on and over time can damage the wire’s connection between your caisson de basses and receiver. Plus, wires in the open can be a tripping hazard or a chew toy for your pet. (Remember National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? )

If you're looking to go wireless, you should also consider our new wireless subwoofers, the Klipsch WA-2 Wireless Subwoofer Kit, and the all-new WA-3 Wireless Subwoofer that work with most Klipsch subwoofers!

2. Corners and walls

A caisson de basses placed in the corner of a room may increase the caisson de basses’s output – causing the sub to sound louder. Try placing your caisson de basses in a corner and see how it sounds. However, depending on your floor space, a corner might not be a viable option for your caisson de basses if it’s too far from your listening area.

Additionally, a sub’s close proximity to a flat wall can cause a harsh, rumbling, unpleasant sound. And if your caisson de basses is a ported design (a caisson de basses with an opening to allow airflow), you’ll want to keep it twice the diameter of the port (typically 6-12 inches) away from a wall to allow airflow out of the port.

3. Method for finding the sweet spot


Placing a caisson de basses in the corner of a room can increase its output, making it sound louder.

The great thing about a caisson de basses (especially a wireless caisson de basses) is they can be situated almost anywhere on your floor space. There is no formula for locating the best spot. And, it’s truly your personal preference.

To find your satisfactory caisson de basses sound, start by hooking up the caisson de basses and turning on music or a movie that has a lot of basses. Then, sit down in a spot you think you’ll be listening to your music and movies the most. Move the caisson de basses around until the caisson de basses sounds ideal. If you have a family, roommates or entertain others often, be sure you see how the caisson de basses sounds in the other locations your listeners will be sitting.

If you have a large space you’re trying to cover with smooth, encompassing basses and can’t seem to find a good location that lends the ideal sound – you can always add a second caisson de basses to even out the sound. (And more basses is always a "thumbs up" in our book!)

Sound off time: where would YOU place a caisson de basses for optimal performance?

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Categories: Caissons de basses

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