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Tech Tip Of The Day: Positioning Of ‘‘Nearfield’’ Monitors
A good starting point, and from there, adjust to individual preference
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Provided by Sweetwater.

Q: How close should I position my “nearfield” monitors?

A: Our general rule of thumb: If they’re smaller loudspeakers, put them out about arm’s length away from you, with about that same distance between them (about one meter).

They should be pointed in towards your head. Envision an equilateral triangle with one of the points being the tip of your nose, so the on-axis sound kind of crosses right in front of your face.

Your results may vary, and personal preference should always take precedent over these rules, but this is a good starting point; from here adjust to your taste.

This method generally works well with small 2-way (or dual concentric) near fields. If you have larger or 3-way monitors, the space between the drivers on the cabinet may dictate that they be placed a little further away.

If you sit too close to monitors with multiple drivers or monitors that have a large distance between woofer and tweeter, you’ll experience phase distortion anomalies.

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Source: Sweetwater

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