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    I recently purchased a Polk PWS10 along with a set on R300 (front), R150 (rear), and CSi3 (center) to complete my 5.1 system. I am running a Denon AVR-1802 receiver. The issue I am looking at right now is the placement of my subwoofer.

    My room is almost rectangular shaped, except that there is a 4ft deep x 8ft wide inset where my TV and entertainment center are located on the back wall. In addition, there is an approximately 1 ft wide wing wall on the front of the inset (both sides) The front speakers will be placed just on the outside/front edge of this inset (directly across from the couch we will sit at to watch the TV). I would love to place the sub on the inner corner of this inset, but am concerned that the wing wall will block/distort some of my bass sounds from the sub.

    I also would love to place this sub right next to the couch (on the other side of the room from the entertainment center) so we can feel the rumble of the bass when the sub hits, but am not sure how I would hook it up to my A/V receiver at such a great distance

    Any thoughts, recommendations, and input would be appreciated

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    Welcome to Club Polk.
    You can run a decent IC cable to the sub up to about 20 feet. Most people like to corner load subs for increased room gain (louder), but the best thing to do is experiment with location. Me I like to corner load. There is no right way to do this. There are way to many factors involved, and personal preferences.

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    Welcome!

    If your sub is in line of sight from your couch you should be okay. Placement of a sub close to the couch can help for movies for the lowest of bass, but is hard to mix with your front speakers for music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Gardner View Post
    Welcome!

    If your sub is in line of sight from your couch you should be okay. Placement of a sub close to the couch can help for movies for the lowest of bass, but is hard to mix with your front speakers for music.
    This depends on the sub setup.

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    Shaggy, in a rectangular room the tighter corner(farther from a large opening) near the speakers is generally the best location for the strongest and smoothest bass. You can experiment with positioning, however, and if you prefer a location near your seat, the distance of the coaxial cable run isn't a significant factor. The loss in any of the coaxial cables is extremely small at sub frequencies and can be disregarded unless it would amount to hundreds of feet.

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    Just be sure to get a quality cable. I picked up a AR cable originally. I then upgraded to a monoprice cable and had to lower the gain on the sub since the AR was such a POS. The monoprice cable was a temp fix until I determined where I was going to leave my sub. I then purchased a Blue Jean's sub cable at the exact length I needed and am still using it.
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    well.. there is no exact rule on this- however...I have 4 subs in my house..all different style of rooms and sizes...and the best position for me...notice I said me...has been in the front right corner/front wall with the speakers. Now..your rooms and subs may tell you other wise...but its a starting place. I know what you mean about putting near the couch for the rumble...but you'd be surprised at what you get when its properly located.
    Anyway good luck and I'm sure you will find some good help on here
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    I currently have my subwoofer (SVS PC12-NSD) in the front of my room and I'm thinking about moving it to the corner behind my couch. Our sectional is somewhat in the middle of the room so the subwoofer would be roughly 6 feet behind the seating area. I'm planning on placing it between the wall/corner and my kegerator. I'm moving the subwoofer to make room for an audio stand. I have limited space on the front wall and the only thing I can move is the subwoofer. The only other spot is to the right of my tv, but then it's in the middle of the room (wall behind it).

    From what I've read, it's ok to have the subwoofer behind the listening area for movies, but not music. This room is used for movies and video games.

    Thanks for the help!

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    From what I've read, it's ok to have the subwoofer behind the listening area for movies, but not music. This room is used for movies and video games.

    Thanks for the help![/QUOTE]
    I dont know I tried that w/2 differant subs and it always felt like the sub hit before the sound of the movie came (and 1 box was tuned at 23 hz)
    Maybe if you had a deley or bigger subs up front by the Tv it would be okay .

    I found for movies subs by the TV brings a more realistic fealing .
    I have 2 subs 1 isoberic behind the tv and the second next to the TV that is actually a stand for the left satalitte speaker .
    What I think is ideal (and a dream for me) is to have the subs under the floor and have a vent in front of the TV .
    But I dont think my landlord would appreciate a hole in the carpet :)

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    I vetoed my sub behind the couch idea, bc I didn't think I would like the way it looked. The sub sounds good in its current location and I don't want to mess that up for looks. I just put my audio stand up where my subwoofer used to be (middle of the room). I had to move some other stuff, but it looks pretty good right now and I'm excited to put my new SC-25 on it tomorrow.

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