How to Place Computer Speakers

Last Edited: January 8, 2017 | Published: January 8, 2017 by

How to Place Computer Speakers

Most of us don’t give much thought to where we put our computer speakers. As long as they fit on the desk with one on each side most of us are happy. However, I’m here to tell you today that there is much more to it than you probably think. If you want to get the most out of your computer speakers, you need to place them just right. Let’s take a look at how to place computer speakers so you can do just that.

Why Bother

Many people look at me like I’m crazy when I talk about speaker placement with a computer. However, in my opinion, it couldn’t be more important. Think about it what we use our machines for these days. We play games, listen to music, watch movies and much more. All of these require great sound for the very best experience.

So, when you think about it, it really makes the most sense to properly place your computer speakers. With everything we do on our machines today, having high quality computer speakers is a must. So if you do invest in high quality computer speakers, why not take the time to properly place them so you have the best audio experience possible?

How to Place Computer Speakers

Now let’s take a look at the six different factors you must keep in mind when placing your speakers. By using these as a guide, you should be able to get your speakers placed in the best way possible.

1. Place Your Speakers Level With Your Head

Now most of us simply set the speakers on the desk and then forget about them. What this means is that the sound is being beamed into your chest, and not your ears. If you want to be able to pick up the very detailed sounds available in modern games and movies, then you want them placed at a height that is level with your head while you are sitting at your computer desk.

2. Keep Your Speakers Off the Wall

Move your speakers at least one foot from the wall, but if you can two feet that is a much better option. Depending on your desk, this may be difficult, but I strongly encourage you to do this. This will reduce the amount of sound that gets bounced off that back wall when you are using your speakers.

3. Move Them As Far Left and Right As You Can

In many cases computer speakers are placed on either side of the monitor and then we forget about them. The problem is, when you do it this way, you are missing out on so much sound it’s crazy. Chances are you don’t even realize it. Instead, move each of your speakers as far left and right as you can. That doesn’t meant place them in the corner of the room, as far to the left and right on your desk should do the trick.

4. Angle Them Toward Your Ears

You are the one listening to your speakers while you are on your computer, so why do you have them pointed away from you? Now that I have said that, it may seem obvious. However, most of us just point the speakers forward and then forget about them. I don’t think the wall behind us cares about what is coming out the speakers, but our ears do. That’s why you need to angle the speakers so they are aimed at your ears. Assuming you have them at the right level, then you should be able to hear very detailed sound coming from your speakers.

5. Sub Woofer Placement

Because of the nature of the low end frequencies, where you place your sub really doesn’t matter. Anywhere on the floor underneath your desk will do just fine. Try and make sure you move it out from the wall a good one or two feet just to prevent the booming effect that can occur when it is close to the wall. While a booming effect may sound cool, in reality it hurts your overall quality.

6. Surround Sound Placement

So far, we have covered basic speaker placement for a computer. But what about surround sound? Essentially, the same requirements apply to these speakers, just their location is different. If you have a center channel, place it directly in front you and try to get it as high as possible, although this can be difficult with a normal computer desk. Your rear speakers should go behind you and be angled at your ears just as the front speakers.

Don’t Forget Great Speakers

While this guide will work with any type of speakers, including those ultra cheap speakers that you got to have in a pinch, I do encourage you to look for high quality speakers. Trust me, you will be glad you did. If you need some help, we have several guides to help you find what you need.


You want your computer to sound good, don’t you? I’m sure you do. If you have invested in high quality computer speakers, there is no doubt that you want great sound to be pumped out of your PC. So why won’t you take the time to place your speakers properly? The answer is simple. Most people have no idea how important it is or how to do it.

By following the steps in this list, you should be able to properly place your computer speakers, no matter what type you have bought. Whether you have a simple two speaker system, or an expensive and fancy surround sound system, this list has what you need to place them all the right way. So what are you waiting for?

Did I leave anything important out of this guide on how to place computer speakers? If so, let me know what else we should do to place our computer speakers the right way. Just comment below and we will add it to the list.

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