Speaker placement guide
There are a few factors to take into consideration when deciding where best to place your sound system, each one unique to every room. Below are some rough guidelines to adhere to. We are happy to help guide you further; simply send us a description and/or photograph of your room—good advice is what you pay for being a proud Blumenstein owner.
Putting care into this decision can truly open up a new realm of performance in your speakers, and we encourage you to do some experimenting of your own when setting up your system.
In an ideal setup, you want to have the speakers and listening position centered left-right in the room, keeping the left and right sides symmetrical. If there's an opening / doorway on one of the walls, if possible, set the system up so that the opening is behind where you listen in order to keep the left and right sides the same in the front half of the room.
Adding even a little bit of absorption at the side-wall reflection points will improve audio quality significantly. There's no need to dwell for too long on tracking down the most acoustically absorptive material as most anything will suffice—tapestries, canvases, pictures, etc.
Orcas are meant to fit easily into your space: computer desks, bedrooms, living rooms, restaurants, and compact home and studio environments. Our more outgoing customers have used them as a car stereo, as an outdoor speaker system, and as a shop stereo. Their height is sized to be able to sit next to vinyl records on a shelf. Subwoofers can serve as speaker stands for a compact floor-standing arrangement to save space yet with all the benefits of the audiophile-quality sound they can produce.
Floor Stands also allow optimal setup of the Orcas when alone or with a single or a pair of subwoofers. This is an affordable option for those wanting full frequency response on a budget.
A pair of Orcas alone can also make very satisfying bass for most music listeners, especially for those in a small apartment, studio, cubical, or other environments that discourage the lowest bass notes that can potentially annoy neighbors. In that case, their lack of the lowest bass notes is an asset because they can be listened to at overall louder, more pleasing levels without bother.
The most observant listeners notice as well that quite a bit of break-in helps them to develop their final character and true abilities to sound beautiful at low or high volumes, which happens some time between 100-400 hours depending on use (although they will sound great right out of the box). The main changes that takes place in the sound of an Orca, Marlin or Triton during breakin is more, better, and deeper bass to accompany the slowly blossoming midrange and ever smoother treble.
For those who want a richer, warmer and sort of a "vintage" sound, the speakers can be placed almost right up against the rear wall which will bloom the upper bass region somewhat and make the speakers feel like they are a part of the room itself. For those who'd prefer a balance between detail and warmth, the presence of this lower midrange and upper bass is fine tunable by the distance of the speakers from the rear wall and less so via the horizontal distance between the speakers and even a little less so, their distance off the ground.
Orcas can also be set up very successfully into a nearfield listening situation, an arrangement which makes the room reverberation time much longer than the time it takes for the speakers' sound to reach the listener directly. The brain filters out the room reverberation and is left with a more direct connection to the music that is akin (but arguably superior) to headphones. The difference is that speakers make tangible, emotive, and jaw dropping bass that can really affect you. In nearfield listening, the speakers and listener are arranged in an equilateral triangle and the speakers point directly at the listener's ears. The listening distance can be between several feet away to under a foot away from the speakers. Most important is that the speakers and listener are placed out in the middle of the room, away from walls and other surfaces to achieve the full clarity of the nearfield listening experience. When setting up on a desktop, consider adding a set of Desktop Stands to angle the drivers to the height of your ears.
Adding one of our subwoofers will allow you to enjoy a full frequency response and is very much recommended for those setting their speakers up in larger rooms or for those who enjoy listening to most modern music.
The Benthic Bass Unit is a compact subwoofer, designed for maximum flexibility in regards to placement options. Ideally, a single subwoofer should be placed between your Orca Fullrange speakers; two subwoofers should be placed as close to each speaker as possible: underneath or side by side.
If you need to place the Benthic Bass Unit on the floor, separated from your speakers, that is okay too, just be sure to keep it slightly behind or in line with the speakers and not in front of them.
The Triton was designed to be mounted on dedicated stands, or a stack of Benthic Bass Units networked into 4 pair arrangements with Octopus cables. Given the larger size and musical presentation the Triton presents as compared to the Orca, a bit more space from side and rear walls will likely yield benefits in imaging and overall delicacy of the presentation. However, this does not preclude them from traditional bookshelf placement in small rooms. They will sound great wherever you put them.
In Large rooms: Since the Triton is a full sized speaker, even more space between each speaker and the side walls / rear wall may be needed to unleash their full potential. In the 16’ by 20’ listening space at our shop we have set them up to nice effect about 2’ from the back wall (as measured to the rear of the speaker) and at least 3’ from the sidewalls.