With the 2 ongoing betas I figured PS forum was a good place to ask this question…
- Do you reposition your speakers after a component change?
Over the past 6 months I’ve replaced almost my entire system. DAC, pre-amp, and amp. Couple immediate changes (not all good):
- Significantly more holographic imaging (good)
- Better pinpoint imaging (bad, then good)
- Deeper, now unbalanced, bass (bad)
- More centered and articulate bass (good)
- More localization of speakers in high frequencies (bad)
- Shouty midrange (bad)
So, I went to work to reposition the speakers in order use the new equipment to its fullest and get rid of the bad. I think I have finally figured it out and will get a frequency sweep this weekend to compare to a sweep I did before swapping anything. This was many hours of work but now I can describe improvements as all good.
To add to the above:
Pinpoint imaging - At one point, best way to describe this, it was like looking through a paper towel tube. Voices and instruments were tiny and distant. They were coming from a very exact point in space but that space was unrealistically tiny. Additionally, anything panned only L or R sounded like it was coming directly from the center of the speaker cabinet. After repositioning the imaging is more dispersed but now appropriately sized. Separation of instruments and voice are still good but are now appropriately sized. Anything panned L or R only appears to come from a space “near” the speaker instead of directly from the cabinet. Speakers have truly disappeared with the benefit of better accuracy and a deeper soundstage.
Deeper, unbalanced, bass - This was corrected with adjusting gain on the subs as well as moving the speakers closer together (further away from the side walls). Unbalanced bass in my system causes the low-end to get muddy and the energy in the room overpowers any sense of movement. It can feel like all the walls are radiating energy and it destroys any sense of “being there”. Now bass is centered and buried deep behind the speakers. The energy has movement related to the soundstage again.
After getting the balance of the low-end sorted there is a clear improvement with bass articulation.
Shouty midrange - This one was a pain. I’ve never experienced a description of “shouty” before. It was fatiguing and destroyed any moderately long listening sessions. Not only were voices and mid-range louder than they should have been but they were pushed way forward. I’m happy that I was able to correct this with repositioning of the speakers. Was starting to believe I had made a horrible choice in electronics and was going to have to start sending things back.
Anyway… onto sweeps to verify my own hearing now. What your thoughts? Experience? Am I compensating for bad electronics or am I doing the right thing but adapting the electronics to the room?