What is the optimal way to set up a 2.1 system on a desk? My desk is 150cm in width and I run two monitors.

What is the optimal way to set up a 2.1 system on a desk?

My desk is 150cm in width and I run two monitors. Would it be completely impractical to run a sub?

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Unless you have enough space to run the woofer away from the wall/space between it and the wall then the subwoofer isn't worth it
    Alot of bookshelf/medium speakers do bass more than adequately by themselves for me but that's just my opinion.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      how far away does the woofer need to be from the wall?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Keeping the Woofer away from the wall isn't an issue, so much as it is just fitting it somewhere on the desk. I am assuming the woofer has to be somewhere on the desk.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It's better to get a real full size subwoofer and use it to fill up the room even if you're doing nearfield.

      Enjoy your zero bass.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Enjoy your zero bass.
        To be fair, even with a subwoofer you'll rarely get actual sub bass. Loudness is enough to sell subwoofers, not actual range.
        So many commercial subwoofers are rated >40Hz that even a 30Hz is a rarity, never mind a >20Hz which goes for thousands.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Put the left speaker to your left, the right speaker on your right and the subwoofer on the floor.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >and the subwoofer on the floor.
      Does that really work for a near-field desk setup?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        If you want to hear anything other than low-end, yeah.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    right and left speaker on your desk, set at ear height and angled so your eyes see straight to the top of the tweeter. They are as apart from each other as each is apart from your head, so your head and the 2 speakers form an equilateral triangle in distance and arrangement.
    The subwoofer goes on the floor. It can be between the speakers, or besides them, this doesn't matter. Start with it aligned in the same vertical plane as the speakers. If you get phasing issues at crossover, move the speaker slightly backwards or forwards until you get consistent volume at those frequencies, so no "pulsing" of the sound.
    Now this whole arrangement should be optimally placed in your room. But this is a bit more advanced, as it requires measuring the room dimensions, using a calculator that has all the formulas already, and using a measurement microphone to adapt that result to your room specifically.
    Sub placement in a small room is an unsolvable problem, though, as the nodes that happen with bass accumulation and cancelling from reflections are too numerous and overlapping.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What this anon says
      You can solve bass for a single listening position though with 2 or more subs though but properly integrating that is not trivial

      Alternatively put your subwoofer where your head will be, then crawl around the room until you find where it sounds the best, then place the sub there

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >You can solve bass for a single listening position though with 2 or more subs though but properly integrating that is not trivial
        >
        >Alternatively put your subwoofer where your head will be, then crawl around the room until you find where it sounds the best, then place the sub there

        eehh thats not how it works right?
        soundwaves dont necessarily sound the same both ways if im not mistaken

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Maybe not entirely the same due to dampening, but the reflection lines should be the same if you change source and destination. It's definitely a neat trick that I didn't know about.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          If you're referring to 2 subs that works, but in a small room they might have to be in very awkward positions to flatten out bass response at the main listening position
          The sub crawl is not as precise as room simulation and proper integration with a measuring mic but it's definitely in the good enough territory for most non-critical listening

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    for me its my 3 subs + 3 monitors

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    R8 my setup /g

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have found a lot of 2.1 desktop kits don't have a very good filter set up for the subwoofer and it ends up handling frequencies that are directional ( IE spoken words from more bassy men) often have some of their tones, especially those with a lot of resonance / vocal mass, route through the sub.

    Then the only place you can put the sub is actually centered under the monitor. It is super fricking irritating if you don't because it imparts a imbalance in the lower mid-range.

    TLDR : I just always suggest getting a set of 2.0 speakers, or running passive bookshelfs through an amp, instead of a 2.1 system.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Are you living in a house, or an appartment?

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Put the subwoofer between the monitors and stop being a b***h

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you care about Black person bass over clarity. (no shame in that)
    Shove the sub under your desk, port/woofer facing away from the wall.
    If clarity/quality is more important than desk shaking bass. Get a 2.0 system. On a desktop setup your sub will be too close to you to blend in nicely with satelites.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just get 2 quality bookshelf speakers, a prostate vibrator and you won't need a subwoofer

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    2.2 superior

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous
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        Anonymous
        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >has money for all that audio garbage
          >can't afford a phone worth more than $90

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I droped my phone and all get shit.

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >sub on a desk
    just how moronic are you exactly? not a rhetorical question, genuinely curious.

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