Audio Set-up Guide

Audio Set-up Guide
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Audio Set-up Guide
Pro Series Desktop Speaker Stands
Audio Set-up Guide
To enjoy more precise audio imaging, an unhindered sound stage and
improved audio clarity in a near field listening set-up, correct placement
and positioning of your speakers is crucial.
Achieving an optimum near field listening set-up using the Ion Forge Pro
Series Desktop Speaker Stands is easily achievable.
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STEP ONE
Setting the Correct Height
Adjust the height settings of your desktop
speaker stands so that when you place your
speakers on top of the stands the mid-axis
between each speaker’s tweeter and woofer is
set at your seated ear level.
Lifting your speakers up off your desk to your ear
level allows sound waves originating from each
speaker to travel directly to your ears and means
you avoid experiencing the detrimental acoustic
affects (degraded tonal balance, reduced audio
clarity and distorted audio image) caused by
sound waves bouncing off your desk surface
before reaching your ears.
FIGURE 1.1
ADJUST STAND HEIGHTS SO THAT
EACH SPEAKER’S MID-AXIS IS SET AT
YOUR EAR LEVEL
You will immediately notice the difference to your
listening experience by simply making this one
improvement.
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It is recommended that you place your speakers ‘right side up’ or
vertically versus on their sides. Placing your speakers on their sides can
degrade stereo audio image.
Follow the simple set-up steps outlined in this guide and then experiment
with your desktop speaker stand settings and speaker placement until
you feel that you have created a near field listening ‘sweet spot’ that
works best for you.
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STEP TWO
Set Toe In
FIGURE 2.1 (BIRDS EYE VIEW)
Place and then ‘toe in’ your desktop speaker
stands and speakers so that they are
arranged in an equilateral triangle relative to
you as the listener.
A good guide to work with is to place your
speakers at arm’s length away, equidistant
apart and toed inwards at 30 to 45 degrees.
ANGLE EACH SPEAKER FACE
INWARDS APPROXIMATELY 30° - 45°
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STEP 2 & 3
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STEP THREE
Set Optimum Tilt To Suit Your Speakers
Experiment with the tilt settings of your desktop speaker stands and
listen to what speaker tilt options sound the best to you. If your speakers
sound slightly too harsh or aggressive the speakers’ tweeters are too
close; tilt your speakers back to correct this.
If however your speakers sound slightly muffled the speakers’ woofers
are too close; tilt your speakers forward to correct this.
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For the majority of speakers, the tweeter’s sound source is closer to you than the woofer’s
sound source; tilt your speakers slightly back to correct for this.
MAXIMUM TILT
20° FORWARD
20° BACK
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STEP FOUR
Fine Tune Your Set-up
Experiment with further desktop speaker stand
and speaker positioning options until you find a
configuration that sounds the best to you.
FIGURE 4.1 (BIRDS EYE VIEW)
If you feel the audio image is not deep enough,
move your speakers further away from you.
Alternatively if you feel the sound lacks weight,
move your speakers closer toward you.
If you feel the audio image has a hole in the
middle, move your speakers closer together; or
alternatively further apart if the sound stage
seems too narrow.
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AIM TO SET YOUR SPEAKERS UP
IN AN EQUILATERAL TRIANGLE
ARRANGEMENT RELATIVE TO YOU
STEP 4 & 5
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STEP FIVE
Correct Placement Of Speakers
Aim to set-up your desktop speaker stands
and speakers so that they are placed well
away from wall surfaces (at least 30 cm) and
away from corners.
Placing your speakers too close to a rear wall
or in a corner often results in sound waves
bouncing off the rear or side walls before
reaching your ears as secondary waves; this
can degrade audio image and audio clarity.
FIGURE 5.1 (BIRDS EYE VIEW)
ALLOW AT LEAST 30CM OF CLEAR
SPACE SURROUNDING SPEAKERS
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STEP SIX
Subwoofer Placement
For a 2.1 channel set-up we suggest placing your subwoofer on the floor,
in-line with and mid-way between your left and right channel speakers.
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The direction and source of low frequency sound waves (generally anything below 80 Hz)
cannot be perceived by the human ear.
This means that depending on the cross-over frequency set on your subwoofer, the exact
placement of your subwoofer in your near field listening set-up is not as critical as the
placement of your forward facing left and right channel speakers.
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STEP 6 & 7
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STEP SEVEN
Balanced Multi-Channel Set-ups
For multi-channel set-ups ensure your forward facing left and right
channel speakers and sub are set up per the previous steps outlined in
this guide.
Then experiment with the placement of additional speakers to the side
or behind your listening position until you achieve a balanced listening
sweet spot.
5.1 Set-up
7.1 Set-up
BIRDS EYE VIEW
5 SPEAKERS & 1 SUBWOOFER (DARK ORANGE)
BIRDS EYE VIEW
7 SPEAKERS & 1 SUBWOOFER (DARK ORANGE)
Congratulations! Set-up Is Now Complete
You are ready to enjoy a near field listening experience with a whole new
level of detail and satisfaction.
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who share a love of all things gaming, creating and listening to good
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Because we are enthusiasts ourselves we know that the pride and
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gaming space and audio & gaming gear can be just as important as the
enjoyment you experience when gaming, listening to your favourite music
or creating amazing audio.
With this in mind our vision is to design and craft products that are
stylish and distinctive, products that offer you choices to configure to
your personalised needs, and products that help you to create and enjoy
the best possible audio and gaming experiences.
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