Optimizing Bookshelf Speaker Placement: 5 Essential Rules


Bookshelf speakers are integral to your high-end audio setup, but their positioning can significantly impact sound quality. Here are five golden rules to ensure optimal placement for bookshelf speakers.

1. Focus on the Final Goal

Define your room layout with the end goal in mind. Prioritize essential elements like seating arrangements before finalizing speaker placement. Avoid positioning speakers too close to walls or glass surfaces for optimal sound projection.

2. Align with Listening Position

Follow the 10:00 and 2:00 rule: angle bookshelf speakers towards the preferred listening spot in the formation of a clock hand at the 10:00 and 2:00 positions. Aim to have the tweeters at ear height for an immersive audio experience.

3. Minimize Vibrations

When placing speakers on shelves or tables, use decoupling materials like silicone feet to isolate them from surfaces and prevent vibrations that compromise sound clarity. Ensure proper spacing and choose suitable stands for enhanced performance.

Precisely for this reason, select Sonus faber bookshelf models - such as Electa Amator III and Minima Amator II - are built with decoupling silicone feet. Moreover, the bottoms of the Sonetto I and Sonetto II loudspeakers are already raised to make bookshelf positioning easier.

4. Leave Adequate Space

Maintain a distance of at least 50 cm from walls to avoid unwanted reflections and low-frequency interference. On shelves, create space around speakers to prevent distortion.

Some speakers are built with designs that optimize airflow. For example, Sonus faber Sonetto speakers feature specially designed bases for improved airflow and positioning flexibility.

5. Consider Room Acoustics

Be mindful of room elements like blank walls and hard floors, which can affect sound quality. Opt for carpets and curtains to enhance acoustics by absorbing reflections and reducing reverberation, contributing to an immersive listening environment.


With these golden rules, you can optimize the positioning of your Sonus faber bookshelf speakers for an unparalleled audio experience. Pay attention to each detail to unlock the full potential of your high-end audio system.