# Speaker separation versus listening distance??

Is there a formula for separation distance between speakers, versus sitting/listening distance?
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 02-22-2010 6:31amThe usual formula is to create an equilateral triangle between the three, some sit a bit farther back.There are many formulas however and your ears are the best judge. 02-22-2010 2:27pmI would have to agree.Starting of with the equal distance idea is a good place to start.If you have 10'between speakers ,then use 10' of distance to you.This is just to start out with, although a lot of people use this in their final setup. 02-22-2010 2:43pmI guess you could use some kind of formula as a starting point but my advice is to put them where they sound good to you.After all,you are the one that is listening to them not some geek in a lab.Just a thought. 02-22-2010 4:54pm+1 on both preceding comments and consider as well that angle (toe in or out) can be non standard as well. I have found that my room requires on speaker be more than 5 degrees different from the other to center the sound image. 02-22-2010 6:15pmAgre with previous posts, but have also found this to be a useful guide:http://www.cardas.com/pdf/roomsetup.pdf 02-22-2010 7:14pmhttp://www.cardas.com/pdf/roomsetup.pdfExcellent resource. 02-22-2010 8:32pmI like the speakers slightly closer in my opinion. Everyones different, and depends on the speakers. 02-22-2010 9:28pmyour speaker manual should tell you something. 02-22-2010 11:43pmThe Wilson WASP method says between 1:1.1 and 1:1.25 listener distance to speaker distance. Link 02-22-2010 11:43pmsorry, meant speaker distance to listening distance. IOW, listening distance is a little further away 02-23-2010 3:46amNHT recommended 1 to 1.5, meaning if your speakers are 6' apart you want to be 9' away.Mark 02-23-2010 6:27amWhat are your speakers? Some speakers have different requirements than others. Vandersteens don't like side walls. Maggies don't mind side walls. Tall speakers like Dunlavys need a little more distance from the listener to integrate the drivers.