Confusing speaker placement tips (and how to deal with them)

setting up a new studio

Have you ever wondered how different tips on acoustics seem to make sense on their own, but when you try and put them together it literally becomes impossible?

Like maybe trying to follow the 38% “rule” with your listening position, while keeping your speakers either right up to, or reaaallly far away from the wall?

Of course there are also a whole bunch of tips that just kind of.. float around.. totally without context.

Often seemingly based on maths and physics, but you just can’t quite put your finger on it.

In any case, when you try to apply them in your room you quickly realize that you can’t! 

Not all of them anyway. It would literally break physics if you did.

So how can that be?

If they are all “correct” within their framework, something has got to be off here.

Is it even possible at all to bring all these different, but seemingly contradictory concepts together somehow?

Does that “perfect” combination even exist?

The short answer is: no.

Obviously we can’t break physics.

What it comes down to is how you prioritize the different tips depending on your end goal.

And of course some of them are also just non-sense.



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