monitors - horizontal placement?

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by Krou, Sep 29, 2004.

  1. Krou

    Krou Active Member

    May 27, 2001
    The dilemma:

    new KRK V6 monitors, new production desk with a monitor shelf. All is good but the speaker's woofers are at ear level instead of the tweeters (which is the general rule of thumb). The only monitors I had placed horizontally in the past were my old Alesis mk2's, which were on stands. I'm now wondering, how important is the "tweeter at ear level" approach? I have no problem laying these babies on their side, in fact, I find it aesthetically pleasing, and by doing so, I would have both tweeter and woofer on a more linear plane. I have read about phase problems which can occor with horizontal placement, just trying to gather some opinions as to which takes priority (possible skewed imaging or tweeter/ears).

    That said, if I were to place them on their sides, should the tweeters point out or in? I know it's subjective (I've seen many setup pics with NS-10's or others, with woofs either pointing out or in, I guess it depends on the room, preference, etc.?). I know I could jusy try and find out, but there's no one here to help me, so by the time I give a good listen one way then change things around, I won't have a clue as to which really sounds better, y'know?

    Any advice is welcome...
  2. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    You could get some Auralex mopads which would allow you to aim the speakers downward a bit. Plus, they would help isolate the speakers from the desk. I tried putting my monitors on their sides once to solve a similar problem and boy did it sound bad. I solved my problem by sawing three inches of my DIY PVC DWV (OMG :shock:) stands.
  3. Krou

    Krou Active Member

    May 27, 2001
    I forgot to mention that I do have the MoPads already, which made them even higher (if my chair could go any higher, I would just do that, lol...). Actually, I just tried placing them horizontally and I quite like the sound like this. I can tell something's different, but I can't isolate what it is exactly, just been listening to different CD's for the past hour, so far so good. I have the woofers out and tweeters in, btw.

    I'll leave them like that for now, but of course, more opinions are welcome, there may be a big no-no I'm unaware of....

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