We all see lots of photos of various studios in which the monitors are standing upright, and just as many where they are lying on their sides. This is in studios ranging from homebrew to total pro, both are commonplace seemingly in all settings. Which do you use and why?
There’s a passage in Mike Senior’s book where he comes down firmly on the side of upright speakers for a reason that makes a ton of sense to me. Namely, that with speakers on their sides, slight turns of the head remove your hearing from the sweet spot because you’re turning in the (horizontal) plane in which the speaker cones are aligned, and the head turns move your ears with respect to that plane. In contrast, with upright speakers, that plane is perpendicular to the horizontal, and one would have to move one’s head up and down for the same issue to arise.
He points out that pointing one’s chin up or down does far less to move the ears with respect to the vertical plane than does turning one’s head with respect to the horizontal plane for sideways monitors. I buy this line of reasoning. Now, in my setup it is just not really practical to put my monitors on their sides just for space reasons, but after reading this I wouldn’t put them sideways.
What about you?