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Jamo A102 speakers and correct room placement

by Wayne

I have just bought the jamo a102's speakers and currently have the front ones at the same height as the centre speaker - and they are tilted upwards towards the listener along with the centre speaker at the same angle.

I know they should be ear level, but I have nowhere else to put them at the moment.

So my question is, is it best to tilt them upwards (basically they're turned on their side and the bracket points them up) or leave them pointing outwards just below the tv?

Also, the rear ones are at ear level but are supposed to be above, so should I leave them pointing at the ears or tilted upwards?

Hope this makes sense.

Many thanks in advance for your help.


The simple answer is, put them where they sound the best to you.

If you can't place the speakers at ear level, angling the front speakers towards your ears usually produces the best, most direct sound - but try both and see what you think.

If possible, play some audio and get someone else to adjust the position of the speakers while you are in your usual listening position. You might be surprised how the sound changes with relatively small movements in position.

The rear speakers are ideally slightly higher as then you don't get too much direct sound straight in your ears - which may be distracting from the more important sound from the front.

If they are already at ear level, then pointing them up may help to diffuse the sound slightly and provide a slightly better surround effect.

However, the same rule applies to the front speakers. Try them in both positions and see which sounds best to your ears.

Ultimately, the 'right' way is always the one that sounds best to you.

Also, the Jamo A102 speakers are relatively small satellite speakers, and so angling them may not have quite such an effect as with larger speakers where the woofers and tweeters are further apart.

The links below will give you much more detailed information on positioning speakers in a surround sound system.

All the best.

Paul (Site Editor

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