How to make your audio system sound better for free

CNET | 1/19/2019 | Steve Guttenberg
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The easiest way to get better sound from your home audio system is...get closer to your speakers. A lot closer. I've covered "nearfield" listening strategies before, but usually with the speakers in a desktop setting. Listening to speakers from a few feet away lets you hear more sound directly from the speakers, and minimizes pesky reflections from the walls, floor and ceiling. So the sound is markedly clearer, and stereo imaging is far more precise. Bass definition improves, and best of all, these benefits are so easy to achieve -- at no cost to you!

Get closer to your speakers and away from the walls.

Today - Speakers - Room - Stands - Feet

Today try moving your small to midsize stereo speakers out into the room (along with their stands, if you have them so mounted), so they are around 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters) away from the wall behind them and away from corners. If you don't have stands use stools or chairs to serve as stands. Ideally you should have the speakers' tweeters at approximately the same height as your ears when you're sitting down. Then sit 3 to 5 feet away (1 to 1.5 meters) from the speakers. You should also not be close to any walls. (Optional: Experiment with toeing (angling) the...
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