Subwoofer placement

  • 4 October 2019
  • 4 replies

I'm looking at completing a 5.1 surround sound system in my living room with the Sonos Sub. As you can see in the photo below, the room has a bit of a strange layout (ignore the furniture placement, I drew in my current TV and speaker setup). I've got this recessed area that is approximately 8-9 feet off the floor above a hallway. There's actually an outlet up there, so this would be an awesome place to hide a subwoofer. I would probably lay it horizontally so that it wouldn't be visible from the floor. Any thoughts on if this would or wouldn't work? Any input would be appreciated!

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Bass sound is far less directional so anywhere in the room could do the job.

Depending on the structure of the shelf shelf where you’re asking, the bass may be very “boomy” there, but try it and see. Otherwise, in the corner of the room, or behind or under chair or sofa, or along a wall on the ground, or even wall-hung as a feature!
And you might consider more seating in there. That floor looks like it would get 'hard' after an hour or two of watching your TV :)

Just to echo what nik9669a said, I've got my SUB flat on the floor, underneath my couch. I works well. I'd agree with him as well about testing the upper shelf placement, although I'd be concerned a bit about the boominess. Worth a test, although the SUB is a pretty heavy device, might be challenging to get it up there for testing, on a ladder. But I'd be very tempted to make that effort, since it would be an "invisible" placement.
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First off, I love that room! :)

Second, good suggestions guys. I'd recommend putting it behind the chair personally. Though bass is non-directional (and the Sub is awesome!), it's best in corners to really amplify the capabilities.

Maybe better yet, when/if you get a couch for that space, you could get one that is high enough off the ground for you to put the Sub under it.

Finally, surrounds are generally best to be around ear level, behind the listeners. But if you're not too worried about optomizing things, you don't have to worry about those placements, they'll still sound good, and you can do some tweaks with the audio settings to turn them up. Also, Trueplay helps a lot in awkward rooms.
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Hi RyanP78

You mentioned placing the sub overhead as a good place to hide it. The Sonos sub IMO is a beautiful peace of Tech in white or black lacquer finish. It’s unique design sets it apart from the cookie cutter black boxes offered by other manufacturers. Just a thought.☺

So enough about aesthetics lets talk about placement. I’m in agreement with @Ryan S and @Airgetlam that a better placement IMO is on the floor somewhere. Also, the Sonos sub is not a light weight. Although I can’t tell from the picture the area above the entrance may not be well supported for weight and vibration of the Sonos sub.

Surround placement. Eight feet above the listening area for surround given the size of the Play 1’s (and I assume you mean Sonos One from your profile) will not yield the cinematic experience you would expect. If at all possible assuming you will have a seating area of some sort in front of the TV...Sonos Ones’ placed on stands on either side about one foot behind would be ideal. In any event judging from your diagram wiring for the Sonos One’ s will be exposed. If on stands you might be able to conceal them under an area rug running to the rear wall where I see an outlet. Note: If surround is not that important mounting the speakers where you have diagramed may not be a problem as you can set the Sonos Ones to FULL ON speakers for music.

Regarding the use of Sonos One’s for surrounds. The voice assistant will be muted when bonded to the Beam. Now may be an opportunity to repurpose the Sonos One’s elsewhere in your home to continue using the built-in voice assistant. You then might consider purchasing a pair of the newly released Sonos One SL’s that are identical to the Sonos One acoustically; but without voice assistance. BTW they are a sold at a lessor price point.

As was mentioned I too recommend using TruePlay to fine tune the speakers to your room environment. Requires the use of an iOS device.

Now that I have further muddied the water's😉..good luck with completing your Sonos DD5.1 setup.