Hi members, I’m reading (again) Paul’s book and Jim Smith’s GBS book about speaker positioning. A lot of useful informations, as usual. A lot of controversial theories, as usual. And the conclusion is always the same: let your ears judge!
Having said that, I’m curious to know what is your preferred set up
1 Distance tweeter to tweeter (Y) compared to distance tweeter to listening position (X).
It impacts on the soundstage width and accuracy of imaging, separation of instruments and more or less realism of the scene along with inherent engagement.
Less - Y < X where Y is within 80% range of X or even shorter
Equal = equilateral triangle X = Y
More - Y > X
2 Minimum distance from tweeter to listening position.
It may help when you achieve a better way for speakers disappearing
Less than 9’ (2,7 mt)
Between 9’-10’ (2,7-3,0 mt)
Between 10’-12’ (3,0-3,6 mt)
More than 12’ (3,6 mt)
3 Toe-in vs Toe-out speakers.
It impacts both on soundstage width and depth, focusing the image and letting the speakers disappear.
IMO, Luca, too much of this depends on the size of the room, the type of speakers, and the way the room is treated. To me these books and recommendations are good but very general guidelines. Have you gotten any thoughts from Sonus faber for your model?
My premise Tony was that our ears must be the rule, of course, I agree.
Sonus faber manual is lacking about details: 1,8 mt minimum distance apart (without mentioning tweeter to tweeter or speaker to speaker) and 1 mt far from both side and front wall. Very poor indeed. I was expecting more infos from the manufacturer.
That’s probably about as far as they can go for general placement. I’ll bet, though, if you call them they’ll probably be able to give additional help once you give them the specifics of your new room. Can’t hurt to give it a try.
You’re right, Luca about one’s ears being the final decision maker.
For example, in my oddly shaped room, after a couple years of adjustments, my Wilsons are far from where the Wilson method originally put them.
The Hometheater Shack did an evaluation of several $3000.00 speakers.
at the time they had posted many pictures with blocking marks to show
where speakers had been positioned…these illustrations sadly are now gone
The pains taken to develop this evaluation was amazing in it’s attention to
Excellent resource (among several others) - sometimes I borrow from multiple sources (collective wisdom) depending on my situation or needs. I do exert some level of skepticism as I feel I need to understand the logic/science behind the principals before I apply someone’s approach to speaker setup.