How to Balance Stereo Speakers

Updated March 23, 2017

Balancing home stereo speakers can mean the difference between an average home stereo and a system that offers a great deal of sonic immersion to your home media centre. Balancing includes adjusting the level of output for each speaker group or individual speaker. The goal is to create a sound that is optimised for how the sound will be consumed by the user. You should first decide from which place most will listen to the stereo--all of your adjustments should keep in mind that the target is that determined spot in the room.

Connect the speakers to the proper channels of the stereo system's receiver. Connect surround speakers to the surround outputs, not the left and right front speaker outlets.

Angle the speakers connected to your system toward the centre of the room or the location from where the media will be most often consumed.

Turn on the stereo receiver and navigate to the balancing mode menu.

Select "Fader" to adjust the level of output from front to rear. Adjust the level of output to fit the acoustics of the room and your preference.

Select "Balance" to adjust the level of output between the left and right speakers.

Choose "Subwoofer" to adjust the level of bass. Keep in mind that music and video selections will utilise the subwoofer differently. Switch between music and video content to fine tune the level of bass appropriate for each mode.

Program your preferences between video and music (if possible with your system). Music through your stereo will commonly be played through the two front speakers and subwoofer. Video will be played through the two front speakers, the rear surround speakers, the centre channel speaker and the subwoofer.


Use the remote control to adjust the speakers' output to avoid having to move from your reference point during balancing.

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