Setting Up a Listening Space for Your Records

There's a lot of thought and consideration that should go into setting up the perfect vinyl listening room. Some elements feel like overthinking, but imagine spending time in a room that has a setup that you don't like. That's why it's important to have a setup that feels right for you. Let's take a look at some common elements of a listening room that can either make or break your listening experience.

Speaker Placement and Vibrations

Speaker placement is an important part of record setups. Vibrations can damage a record player, so it can be a good idea to set up your record player on a different shelf than the shelves that you plan to put the speakers on. Vibrations also interfere with the sounds as they travel. Think of your sound direction as a triangle. You want your listening position to be directly across from the record player, and your speakers to the right and left of it. Vibrations carry throughout the room. As they travel, you want them to reach the other side of the room without interruption. This is why it's important to place your speakers in a place that are unobstructed by furniture, walls, etc. 


Setting up a space that has good record storage is another thing you'll want to consider. Because records can take up a lot of space, especially if you've been collecting for awhile, setting up some storage that helps reduce clutter is vital. Storage is also an important part of maintaining your vinyl. Stacking vinyl can cause warping, so it's key to store your records upright. Finding shelves that can facilitate this kind of archive is not difficult. To see our recommended shelving and other vinyl maintenance tips, check out this blog!

Get Cozy

Another good practice to abide by for a listening space is making sure there are plenty of comfortable spots to lounge. It's going to be your space, so make it your own! What does your space look like when you imagine it? Would you go with a light color scheme or a dark color scheme? Would you want posters and pictures hanging? All of these things should be considered to make the most of your space. It will, after all, be a space your spending ample time unwinding in, so you might as well make the most of it!

Invest in the Some Decent Equipment

The last thing you want in your listening room is some gear that's not up to par with what you're looking for in a listening room. It goes without saying that better quality gear is going to sound better, function, and last longer. This is true for most things that anyone has to invest in. It's no different for record players and their entire set up. Without breaking the bank, you can get quality players for under $500. We have a good blog about this exact topic if you want to check it out here!


Lighting can make or break the sanctity of a listening room. Have you ever been in an office where the harsh lights are distracting for you? You maybe even react to them with a headache? Since the listening room is supposed to be there for your enjoyment, consider investing in some lighting that you will find pleasing. 

The Perfect Listening Room

Ultimately, you can't go wrong with a listening room. We all have our own preferences, but these tips will help prepare your room for the best listening experience possible. 

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