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Free-Standing Studio Monitor Placement
If a speaker is placed near a wall, at low frequencies the wall will start to behave as an extension of the speaker baffle, and this will cause a boost in the bass level.
The frequency response dips caused by a wall reflection
One way of overcoming this problem is to position the speakers far enough away from the walls to move the first order cancellation dip below the lower cut-off frequency of the speaker. To move the cancellation dip to even 50Hz, the distance needed would be around 1.7m.
The loudspeaker naturally becomes more directive as the frequency increases, and the speaker has a certain acoustical axis where the response has been optimized. The monitors should always be directed towards the listener. The frequency response at the listening position should be measured, and the room response controls should be adjusted to obtain correct balance of the frequency response, if needed.
The height and width of the speakers' stereo base is particularly important when mixing for film or TV. Decisions on the width of the stereo base can significantly affect the sound mix especially if the mix position is too close to the speakers.
An enclosed loudspeaker behaves as a pressure source, and placed near the wall will excite 'standing waves' within the room. The only effective way to overcome this problem is to heavily damp the room with low frequency absorption material.
High quality near field monitoring requires an exactly symmetrical loudspeaker placement. The speaker should be carefully directed towards the listener, and the stereo base width and the height of the monitors should be set accordingly.