I know this may be a bit of a hard question to ask here, but I’m going to anyways given the challenge I’m facing in setting up my speakers in an ideal manner.
My system is: Monitor Audio Silver Silver 300 speakers, PS Audio Gain Cell DAC, PS Audio S300 amp, Bluesound Node 2 (streaming Tidal Hifi), Onkyo CD player, and a PS Audio Duet - using bettercables.com interconnects and Belden 10 gauge speaker cable.
Monitor Audio says, per the manual, that the “ideal distance from the rear wall is…12-24 inches.” This seems very close to me, but it does give me great bass response (32Hz is what they reach down to).
They do indeed say that experimentation is advised (of course it is), but when I bring my speakers (about 5 ft from the rear walls) out as Paul and many others recommend I lose some of the bass but get improved imaging. Plus, when I do it this way the music seems to come from behind the speakers which is awesome (better soundstaging). But when I bring them closer to the wall this effect lessens greatly though it still sounds good with better bass. Set-up has proved a challenge.
To help show my speaker set-up in my room I’m attach a very poorly drawn picture to show my listening room/living room layout. I’ll go ahead and put my speakers where I like to have them now when I’m doing my more critical listening and what gives me the best imaging even though I lose a bit of bass (approx. 5 feet out from the walls). Picture is approximate - forgive the very amateur drawing.
Any thoughts on where I should experiment speaker placement and/or what would be ideal?
I know this is VERY DIFFICULT since none of you can join me in my listening room in Colorado Springs, CO, but I’m having a hard time deciding through experimentation what is best.