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Seven Speaker
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Getting your home theater system to work with the acoustical characteristics of your room can be a difficult challenge. Here are some tips on getting more out of the speakers in your home theater

1. Move speakers away from the walls and out into the room as much as possible for better bass clarity. One foot or more from the wall is the rule of thumb and if your speakers still have too much bass you can move them further away from the wall.
2. Raise the speakers high enough off the floor so the tweeters (usually at the top of the speaker) are at least at ear level when you’re sitting down.
3. Experiment with different locations for the subwoofer. Consider using the technique called the "subwoofer crawl" to find the best location. Here’s a helpful video. Typically the best places for a subwoofer are either under the center channel speaker or in the back of the room
4. Avoid placing speakers inside furniture enclosures, including bookshelves – speakers made for in-wall installation are okay.
5. Rear 5.1 surround speakers should be placed on the sides of the room, not the. Rear 7.1 speakers, on the other hand, are meant to go in the back of the room.
6. Create a "sweet spot" for your speakers by making an equilateral triangle, where the speakers are about as far apart as they are to the best listening position but not so far as to make the audio sound unnatural like someone talking from the corner of the room.
7. Use speaker stands, spikes or cones to raise the speakers off the floor. The idea is isolate the speaker and keep it from moving. You want the energy from the speaker to move the air, not the speaker.
Now that you know where to place your speakers, you might want to check out the companion article to this on how to get more out of your HDTV audio.
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Point taken

As an owner / installer of low spark, audio, home automation........
I take every chance I get to anchor speakers and thumpers to foundations, framework, sub-flooring, etc.

Move the air?

Good common sense piece for the DIY'er ... but I question your point #7. If ever a speaker "moves" the air there is something very wrong that speaker, as we all know speakers rarify (compress and decompress) the air.

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poetic license

Good point, although as sound waves move through a medium like air they displace matter or as you say compress and decompress. The point to keep in mind is that you want to minimize any energy used to move the speaker and maximise the energy making sound waves.