How to Set Up and Use Your Floor Standing Speakers

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How to Set Up and Use Your Floor Standing Speakers

Many people see setting up floor standing speakers as a project that requires some advanced knowledge or training to complete. Luckily, all an individual needs is a few tools and a bit of cable in order to hook up a couple of floor standing speakers. Since floor standing speakers require almost no hardware to be secured into place, installation of such speakers is simpler than other, lighter options. Before starting in on such a project, make sure to have the required materials at hand.

Since some of the items needed are not necessarily household tools, make sure to purchase tools needed ahead of time. Online marketplaces such as eBay often offer the most affordable prices for tools such as decibel meters and wire cutters. Once an individual understands what tools are needed, selecting spacing and connecting cable are the only other tasks that need to be completed. Understanding placement and cable connecting strategies, however, takes a bit of product specific knowledge.

Tools for Setting Up Floor Speakers

Since floor speakers are designed for placement on the floor of a room, there are really only four tools that are needed for installation. When setting up floor speakers, individuals need quick access to wire strippers, wire cutters, a couple of tape measurers, and a decibel meter. Wire cutters and measuring tape are items that are usually fairly easy to come by. Wire strippers are easily purchased through sites such as eBay. Decibel meters are somewhat harder to find, but a simple smartphone application that reads decibel levels meets most installation needs.


The most intricate element of setting up speakers is not what most expect. Selecting speaker placement is much more difficult than stripping wire or connecting cables. Understanding placement is a central component in speaker set up of any kind. Since floor standing speakers are so powerful, placement of such speakers is of the utmost importance. Understand the basics of speaker placement, such as arc and angle, before ever connecting any cables.

Speaker Distance

Setting up floor standing speakers requires attention to detail and a cursory understanding of how sound works. Sound vibrates and echos off of any surface. Due to this, speakers should be placed in an area where nothing obstructs the transmission of sound to the individual. Floor standing speakers can be affected by coffee tables, bookcases, and even footstools.

Optimising Sound

For an optimum sound experience, place speakers where the direct line between the seating area and the speakers is most clear. Also, individuals must make sure that speakers are, at minimum, 30 cm away from walls. If there is more than one speaker, individuals should place them at similar distances and as close as possible to identical distances from walls.

Floor Standing Speaker Integration

Those who are installing floor speakers into a sound system, new or used, that already has several speakers should be careful to maintain optimum system performance. Speakers in a surround sound system are best suited to an arc setting that surround the listener. Floor standing speakers should take front and centre, while subwoofers can be placed in the front and a slightly to the side. Side speakers should remain as similar in distance as the floor speakers as possible. Uniformity in speaker distance creates a crisper, more accurate sound than a system with speakers scattered without measurement.

Toeing Floor Speakers

Floor standing speakers normally take front and centre stage because of their power. Due to this, toeing, a term which basically means angling, is vital in constructing optimum sound settings. Rooms that have a central seating position normally require a toe in setting, while larger rooms tend to be better suited to toe out settings.

Toe In

Toe in speaker configuration is designed to focus sound to a central seating position. In order to accomplish such a setting, tilt speakers inwards towards the seating position. Make sure, however, that the speakers are not tilted more than 45 degrees. Speakers that face each other tend to mix sounds together in a negatively.

Toe Out

Toe out setting is normally translated improperly to people newer to audio. Toe out is not the complete opposite to toe in. Toe out setting simply refers to a setting where all speakers are pointed straight out. This setting spreads sound throughout a room better than toe in setting. Toe out settings should be used by those with larger rooms and more than one seating area.

Buying Speaker Cable

Once the position and angle of the speakers is determined, individuals are ready to connect the speakers to the input audio source. To do this, the right kind of audio cable is required. Most commonly, speaker cables with sizes that range from 1 mm² to 3.3 mm², are adequate for use with floor standing speakers. Search for a cable that is thicker if the speakers are to be placed at some distance from the receiver. Thicker cables allow for sound to be carried for longer distances without losing quality.

Cable Stripping

Purchasing cable that has bare-wire ends is an inexpensive cable option, but such wire also requires a bit more work. In order to strip cable properly, consumers must split cables into two separate leads. Once these leads are separated, use a pair of wire strippers to take off the insulation of the wire at least 1 cm in length. Next, make sure to straighten wires and cut off any extra lengths. Make sure the wire is uniform in length. Then, twist the wire of both leads into a small point.

Installing Stripped Cable

Once the cable is properly stripped, floor standing speaker owners should locate binding posts on the audio receiver. These posts are usually coloured black and red. Make sure to match the leads of the wire with the same colour of the posts. Next, individuals must insert the tips of the wire that was stripped into the holes on the sides of the binding posts. Once the ends are placed into their corresponding holes, users must tighten the binding posts until the wires are secure.

After the receiver has been hooked up, users must duplicate the installation procedures with the binding posts on the speakers. Make sure that all devices are completely unplugged. Receivers should be turned off and unplugged before continuing. Also, make sure that there are no stray wires that might touch the wrong terminal. Stray wires can cause irreparable damage to speakers or receivers.

The Pre-Installed Plug Solution

If stripping wires and eliminating any excess metal with wire snips sounds a little too advanced for some, consider buying wiring with banana plugs. These plugs can come in banana format, a simple straight bar, or spade of pin format. Consumers should be sure that wire plugs are compatible with both the receiver and the floor standing speakers before purchasing them. With pre-installed plugs, users must simply plug the wire into the binding post in question and tighten, rather than having to strip any wire manually.

Consumers can alternatively purchase screw on plug options and soldered on plug options. These options, however, are just as complicated as stripping a bit of wire. Any type of plug does tend to be more reliable and resilient if exposed to environmental factors. Those who want an option that is less likely to corrode should choose a plug solution.

Using eBay to Purchase Tools for Setting up Floor Standing Speakers

Purchasing everything that is required to set up a pair of used floor standing speakers can be time consuming and frustrating at times. Online marketplaces such as eBay, however, offer solutions to such needs from the comfort of one's home. Many sellers on eBay auction off item bundles that aid in the process of setting up speakers. Wire cutters, cable, and plugs can all be found in bundles. Instead of searching for each item individually, consider buying a lot or bundle of audio connection hardware and tools.

Shopping on eBay is as easy as visiting the eBay home page. Simply visit the eBay home page and enter in a search term such as 'wire stripper' into the search bar. Selecting search with a keyword entered turns up hundreds of options for those installing floor standing speakers. Everything from speaker cables and plugs, to wire strippers and cutters, and even decimal readers and tape measurers, can all be found through this expansive online marketplace.


Setting up floor standing speakers is not as complicated as most think it might be. With just a little bit of   knowledge, even the most inexperienced handy person is able to install an audio system. Without the right tools, however, individuals are not able to properly install speakers. Purchase the right tools before attempting an installation. Once the right tools have been located, speaker owners must select a position for the speakers that works well in the room the speakers are to be used in.

Specific speaker cable is also needed in order to properly install floor standing speakers. Shopping for speaker cables and installation tools, however, tends to slow down floor speaker set up. With online shopping marketplaces such as eBay, consumers are able to find every item needed for setting up an audio system is a single location. Search for the right tools, cables, connectors, and devices needed to properly hook up a quality sound system.

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