The position of the monitors within the studio room is likely to have more influence
over their performance than any other aspect of their installation. It is worth
spending some time experimenting both with the finer points of the monitor
positioning as well as the larger scale issues of room layout.
If you are already familiar with the acoustic characteristics of your studio room,
and the way speakers perform in it, you may already have a good feel for where
to position your AE1 Classics. However, installing any new component provides a
good opportunity to review an existing set-up and perhaps improvements.
The position requirements for a pair of AE1 Classics installed in a typically sized and
equipped studio room, are as follows:
• Stood upright, tweeters uppermost
• Between 0.5 and 1.5 meters from the rear wall
• 1.0 minimum meters from side walls
• Between 2.0 and 3.0 meters apart
• Clear of corners
• Angled inward towards the primary monitoring position
Don’t worry if, thanks to the architecture or layout of your room, it is not practical
to follow each requirement exactly. The most important thing is to experiment with
the different options that are practical and find the one that works best.
Wherever your AE1 Classics are positioned it is important that each of the pair is
located in a similar acoustic environment (different environments would be, say, a
curtained area and a solid wall). The acoustic character of the side walls of a room in
the area where the main reflection between the speakers and the listening position
will occur should be similar.
Once your AE1 classics are connected and working and you begin to become
familiar with their performance, it is likely to be worthwhile experimenting a little
more with their positioning.
Connecting your AE1 Classics to an amplifier is fundamentally a simple process.
However there are some choices to be made and issues to consider concerning the
Each AE1 Classic is fitted with a pair of binding-post terminals. The terminals can
accept stripped wires, spade connectors, or 4mm plugs. Each of these termination
methods is potentially equally effective and the choice is likely to be influenced by
type of speaker cable used.
Choice of cable type will be influenced by the characteristics of other components
in your monitoring system and your dealer or distributor will be able to advise.
Even so, there are some simple guidelines to consider:
• Cable runs to each speaker should be kept to as short as possible consistent with
each being of equal length
• Short cable runs are especially important if the cable is of relatively small
• If the cable is advertised as “directional” care should be taken to ensure that its
orientation is as recommended
It is important when connecting speakers to ensure that each terminal is connected
with the correct polarity. Positive speaker terminals should always be connected
back to amplifier positive terminals. Performance will be seriously degraded if
connections are made with incorrect polarity.
Take care when connecting cables not to touch the negative and positive
terminals together and “short circuit” the amplifier. Make connections with the
amplifier switched off.
Reducing the distance between the monitors and the rear wall will increase the
level of the bass and low midrange making the monitors sound warmer. The
warmth however is likely to be gained at the expense of some mid-range clarity
and stereo image focus and depth. Increasing the toe-in angle of the monitors may
regain some image focus but again this is likely to be at the cost of image width and
openness. Learning through experimentation how the AE1 Classics behave in your
studio will help you find the optimum solution.
The AE1 is not magnetically shielded and should be kept away from magnetically
sensitive equipment or media.