Subwoofer placement: Where to Place Subwoofer with Soundbar

So you recently bought a soundbar with a subwoofer, and you’re not sure where to place the subwoofer in the room for the best audio experience. In this article, we’ll cover a handful of places where you can put your subwoofer as well as the benefits of those locations.

If you want to know where to place a subwoofer with a soundbar, the best place to put a subwoofer is forward-facing near the front of your TV, either in middle or at one of the sides. But every audio setup is different, and you’ll need to do some testing to find the best place for your subwoofer.

Most home theater enthusiasts like to place the subwoofer in the middle of the living room, or the in front and middle of the television stand. The reason is to combine the audio of the soundbar with the subwoofer, so that the sound comes from the same direction, and works together, to create rich audio.

Another reason for the center-placement is it’s easier for cable management. Most of the power cables can be tucked behind the TV to reduce clutter. Running cables across the living room is not ideal and can be dangerous. Of course, if you have a wireless subwoofer, that won’t be a problem. It’s just something to consider.

How to Find the Best Spot for a Subwoofer:

One trick to find the best spot for a subwoofer is to switch spots with your subwoofer. Place your subwoofer where you usually sit, such as on the couch, and play some audio.

Now, crawl around on the floor, tilting your head from side to side, to see where the audio sounds best when the source is from where you usually sit. It might seem funny but it definitely works. When you find a spot that sounds good, mark it, move your subwoofer there, sit where your subwoofer was, play some audio, and see how it sounds.

It should sound the same as when you were crawling around on the floor. That’s one interesting trick that you can try when you’re not sure where to put a subwoofer.

When Near The TV Doesn’t Work:

Bear in mind, it might not be possible to place a subwoofer directly in front of your TV or soundbar, usually due to the size. It can also be a tripping hazard if you have children in the house.

Some subwoofers can be quite large, resembling a night-stand, and having a big block in the middle of the living room doesn’t look great. While the audio would be best in that location, it might not be right for you. In that case, there are a few other placements you can consider.

Before we get into that, there are a couple of things you need to know about subwoofers. For starters, subwoofers are responsible for the deep bass, or low frequencies, of the audio.

Consider Room Acoustics:

While they’re not directional, there are a few situations where you can hear where the audio is coming from. If it’s not the same direction as the other audio, it might sound strange. If it’s too far away, there might not be enough bass in the audio, relative to where you usually sit.

But as long as the subwoofer is somewhere near the other speakers, or in our case, soundbar, then it shouldn’t be a problem. You also need to consider the acoustics of the walls.

If you put the subwoofer in the corner of the room, you might feel too much bass, like an echo, which will make it hard to understand the dialogue in the audio.

We talked about the acoustics of walls, but another factor to consider is the acoustic of the floor. If a subwoofer is placed low on the floor, facing you, most the soundwaves are probably hitting your feet, which is not ideal.

Another problem could be that the soundwaves are bouncing off the floor directly in front of your subwoofer and being sent over your head. One solution to this problem would be to try mounting the subwoofer on some furniture, or even some old books so that the sound is more direct. Hence, why I recommend the crawling test mentioned earlier.

Can I Put a Subwoofer Next to My Couch?

Absolutely. It’s a favorite spot for a lot of people. A good place for the subwoofer could be in a corner, near the armrest of your couch. If the vibrations bother you, leave some space between the couch and the subwoofer.

The benefit of this placement is you can really feel the bass and tremble, almost like you’re in a cinema, and that’s the whole point of home theater audio. The downside to this placement is the audio from the subwoofer will be dominating the other audio, so the bass will be too rich and rumbly.

Other potential spots for your subwoofer could be under or behind your couch. I suggest trying behind the couch. If you put the subwoofer behind the couch, facing the back of your neck, you’ll really feel the vibrations. The downside here is the bass will be a bit too close to your ears, which can be bothersome for some people.

Another idea would be to put the subwoofer next to your coffee table. Just make sure it doesn’t come in contact with the coffee table, or everything on the coffee table will vibrate, such as glass cups and whatnot.

Can I Put a Subwoofer on a Shelf?

Depending on the size of a subwoofer, you might be able to place it on a shelf next to the television setup. It is possible, but you have to take the vibrations into consideration.

If your shelf has a glass or other ceramic items, they’ll probably shake and make a racket. Even wood can be loud when in close proximity to other furniture, or a wall. In my opinion, it’s not the best place for a subwoofer, but you can always test it. Small subwoofers might fit nicely on a shelf.

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About S. Santos

👋 I'm a technology columnist and blogger with over 10 years of experience, currently serving as Blue Cine Tech's AV Editor. Specialising in gadgets, home entertainment, and personal technology, my work has been featured in top technology blogs. I'm dedicated to breaking down the complexities of the latest tech trends, from explaining the intricacies of Dolby Vision to optimising your streaming experience. This blog serves as a platform for my ongoing exploration of the ever-evolving tech landscape. If you see me at industry events like CES or IFA, feel free to say hello.

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