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Hello all, I just purchased a new Toshiba 34hfx83 TV and matching stand. So I am moving the old 19" tv. I previously had the sub in the cabinet under the TV in my old tv setup. I noticed that the sub when moved around caused some color problems with the old set.

Please pardon the basic question. Is placing the sub beneath the TV a good idea? Where would be best to place the sub?

The reason I had it in the cabinet benath the TV are my 7 month old and my 3 year old.

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I suggest trying one of the corners of the room. Move it around the room and then find out where it works best (ie. biggest slam at the same test volume).

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For me under the tv would keep it out of reach of little hands. But is there any possible problems with the tv should I do this?

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Try placing the sub at your normal seating position and then walk around the room listening for the best low-freq sound, tight clean bass, then move the sub to that spot. It doesn't always work but it's a neat trick. Corner positions sometime result in great boom at the expense of good bass, along a side wall can work well at 1/3 or 2/3 room length. Avoid 1/2 room length positions as they can set-up standing waves. Check out 'Stereophile Guide to Home Theater' July/Aug 2003 Russ Herschelman's article on sub placement.
 

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I don't think most subwoofers are shielded - mostly only center channel speakers. Also, putting the sub right under the TV might induce a few more vibrations into the TV - potentially causing damage - than if you put it a bit further away. I would recommend you put it further away, unless you have no other choice.
 

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JohnnyG I stand corrected! I crawl before you :wink: . Another thing to watch out for is how much air subs can move, I saw how much my 50" screen moved while listening to music with the TV off, the vibrations produced by the lowest bass notes moved the screen quite a bit. I can't say I actually saw movement say during the very loudest , lowest bass in LOTR for example but it prompted me to move my sub to another location and to further adjust it till it was set-up properly, as it is I'm still tracking down vibrations in lighting fixtures et al.
 

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currently I have just 5 speakers and was thinking of getting a subwoofer to add to the room...is it ok to put it behind the plasma screen? there's about 3 feet of room behind the plasma and the wall.
 

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Paradigm makes shielded and unshielded versions of many of their speakers. Only way to tell is to check the model specs on the speaker itself. (Unshielded speakers is another reason I do not like Paradigm speakers. Wanna guess why? :()

I would not put a sub behind a plasma screen or any component that may be affected by vibration. Even if the effects are not immediately noticeable, long term damage from low frequency vibration is possible. I have seen electronic components that literally had their insides shaken loose from bass frequency vibrations. CRTs would probably be most susceptible to something like this.
 

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You should put your sub in a corner facing the farthest point in the room, preferebly not at a "L" corner but rather at a slightly angled corner if you have one... this helps stop a standing wave...the distance for a 50hz frequency (typical low end bass) is 30 feet...
 
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