Speaker Recommendations: Corner Placement

Hey Folks:

Interested in your recommendations for a floorstanding speaker that will work well in a large, open living space (25 x 40 x 9) with the speakers flanking the corner of the room. I’d like a broad dispersion pattern so that the sound remains as uniform as possible as you move around the space and at different seating positions. I’m thinking Ohms but am open to ideas.


I have Ohms in a large room (not as much square footage as yours), but open to one side and a much higher vaulted ceiling. I have them about 2’ out from the wall behind them and about 2’ from each side wall. Not exactly a corner placement, but closer than you see in most setups. I can heartily recommend Ohms.

Another speaker that I’ve seen recommended for corner placement are Audio Note speakers. Haven’t heard them personally, but they seem to have a devoted following.

Room corners are the wrong place for today's loudspeakers. The OHM recommendation has merit. 

Klipsch Heresy's are also probably a good choice.  If you want to do satellite/subwoofer try the Hsu satellites and subs.

Thanks for the suggestions so far. To clarify, there will be an entertainment center in the corner with the speakers on either side close to the back wall and therefore firing at 45 degree angles. I thought an omnidirectional speaker like the Ohms might be best but would love to hear from folks who have worked with this arrangement successfully.

Off the beaten path here, but a pair of refoamed and recapped Boston Acoustics A400s if you can find them.  A200s are respectable as well, but A400s are the cats meow.

If you need a speaker that sounds good when placed within a foot of back and side walls, you have eliminated 95% of the product sold.

The room is large. Klipsch Corner horns come to mind.  Audionotes can be close to walls but in a big room might not be heard well if too far away. 

I would look at Dutch and Dutch powered speakers with room correction.

Great sound and will do what you are asking.


As mentioned above, my local dealer has a similar room size and always runs Audio Note speakers on stands tight up to the walls right in the corners, as designed to be used this way. Heard it with SET 2A3, 45, 300B monos and 211 integrated. Was there yesterday listening to the 45s, AN speakers close to walls.

Hey Guys—I appreciate the suggestions. I don’t think I’ve set myself up for success on this thread….there is only one corner and the entertainment center will be in it with the speakers on perpendicular walls on either side of the entertainment center. So speakers designed for corner placement like the Audio Notes are not what I’m after. The ideal speaker will work well positioned close to the walls and will fill the room with sound while firing straight ahead. Hope that makes sense!


One additional thought about Ohms -- they do have a 120 day home trial period. You just pay shipping back to them if you decide they don't work for you.

Omnidirectional speakers will certainly give you an even dispersion of ... reflected sound, but very little of the direct sound that is required for clarity and definition.

Your room has moved from the typical stereo listening space of maybe 2000-2500 ft3 to around 9000 ft3, and that’s in the size range where big room acoustics come to the fore.

In a large space like yours you want controlled dispersion of direct sound, and the only solutions for that are horns or a custom designed line array, engineered to perform like a horn with respect to a controlled coverage pattern. Anything else will, in a room of the described dimensions, 25 X 40 X 9, simply not work well. The laws of acoustics won’t allow it. Understanding why requires a little background reading on RT60

probably about 10 feet. Beyond the critical distance the sound loses definition, becoming muddy and boomy - unless steps are taken to mitigate these issues.

First you need to calculate, the reverberation time for your space, I would guess about 1 sec at 2KHz. Next, you need to calculate the Critical Distance http://www.mcsquared.com/critical.htm http://www.csgnetwork.com/acousticreverbdelaycalc.html, the distance from your source to where the direct sound level equals the reverberant sound level. RT60 drives the critical distance and you can see how room furnishings, flooring, carpet, windows and ceiling impact the result. With ’normal’ room finishes, the Critical Distance will probably be about 10 ft. But, since your speakers will be in the corners at a 45 degree angle, that 10 feet from the speaker front is actually about 10 feet in front of the wall, and center to center about 20 feet apart. Traditional stereo speaker placement, creates an equilateral triangle putting the seats back nearly 20 feet, less than ideally well into the reverberant field. So, how do we reduce the reverberant field level and increase the direct/reverb field ratio? Increased room absorption and controlled speaker dispersion. In YOUR room, wide dispersion is not your friend.

For room treatment, a good start would be 6-4’x4’ 2" Fiberglas panels (or 12 2’X4’) placed to capture first reflections (centered on a point roughly 10’ in from the front and side walls, the others spaced accordingly) and 2-3 2’X4’ panels vertically on each sidewall between 3 and 7 ft out from the corners, centered equidistantly from floor and ceiling. Depending on the rest of the room furnishings, additional absorption may be desirable on the side and rear walls. These panels are readily available online. I have used Acoustimac with great success. They use the proper Owens-Corning rock wool, have a variety of colors and fabrics available and a 2’X4’ panel will run around $70 each.

As for speakers, without getting into vintage or esoterica, you are basically looking at Klipsch Heritage or the upper end of the JBL line. My personal preference runs towards JBL. For your room, The S3900, ~$11K /pr would be the entry level, the 4367 15" Monitor or S4700 Floorstander next up, both at roughly $16.5/pr, and the built-at-another-level-entirely, JBL K2 S9900 at $48,400 per custom built pair.

Big rooms need big speakers. Regular, even great, ’normal’ hifi speakers will just get lost when trying to fill a space 3X what they are designed for.