2 Chanel Placement

For the most accurate and natural timbre, place front speakers so that their high-frequency drivers are approximately at ear level. Placing bookshelf models on Paradigm speaker stands or bookshelves raises their high frequency drivers to approximately ear level, thereby ensuring the best performance possible.

Placing front speakers in corners will over-emphasize bass and reduce overall clarity. Avoid corner placement. Position front speakers 8 in (20 cm) or more from the wall behind the speaker and as much as possible from either side wall. This will ensure better bass performance and optimal midrange clarity. (Fig. 1a)

Measure the distance from your main listening area to the front speakers (“X”). For best imaging, place speakers from three-quarters of that distance up to that same distance from each other (3/4 of “X” to “X”), as shown. To further optimize imaging, toe speakers slightly inward so they point toward the listening position with their axes crossing just behind it, as shown. (Fig. 1b)

Home Theater Placement (5.1ch / 7.1ch)

For optimal home theater speaker placement please refer to the official Dolby diagrams below. (Fig 2a/2b)

For Dolby Atmos enabled setups please refer to the Dolby website:




Please note the above 5.1 and 7.1 configurations apply to both bookshelf and wall mounted surround speakers