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    Should tweeters always be at ear level

    Given they're the most directional frequencies, what do members think about this?

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    It's been said they should be (at least that's what I've always heard), so I have mine at ear level.
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    In general, the more off axis you are, the worse is the accuracy.
    Tweeters at ear level and pointed straight at you will probably yield the most accurate response.

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    Not necessarily physically at ear level but ideally be directed at the listeners ear level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JackD201 View Post
    Not necessarily physically at ear level but ideally be directed at the listeners ear level.
    I'm not for "pointing" a tweeter at you because it means you'll be having to tilt the speaker forward or backward and moving the rest of the drivers.

    I'd much rather have the tweeter at ear level physically or in Wilson's case, be able to move the tweeter and midrange independantly.
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    I use very little toe in myself (my speakers don't require it), I meant the lateral plane not directly at the listening position. Tall speakers point source speakers like the X2 are angled downward a bit aren't they?

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    Your ear should be where the speaker designer intended it to be. That could be off axis, below the tweeter, or maybe even above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nyal Mellor View Post
    Your ear should be where the speaker designer intended it to be. That could be off axis, below the tweeter, or maybe even above.
    +1. However, a speaker designer who designs his speaker with the tweeter designed to be one inch off the carpet may be in for a rude awakening, LOL.

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    Some tweeters are off axis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce B View Post
    I'm not for "pointing" a tweeter at you because it means you'll be having to tilt the speaker forward or backward and moving the rest of the drivers.

    I'd much rather have the tweeter at ear level physically or in Wilson's case, be able to move the tweeter and midrange independantly.
    I figured as much. I was a bit perplexed when I auditioned two high end speakers (very tall) with the tweeters set pretty high, and didn't have vertical adjustments like Wilson or Focal. It was no surprise that the sound was not too great.

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