While viewing the many pages of systems the Klipsch forum members posted one thing hit me. Why are speakers(mains) so close to the wall? This creates a very negative effect on the sound you will hear in most cases. With the Klipsch Horn you have a sepaker that was designed to be used in a corner,against both walls. With traditional speakers you deteriorate the overall sound and add bass anomalies,you hear more of the room and less of the speakers!
Any well configured system will have speakers positioned at least 3-4 feet from the wall they are against.And 2-3 from the side walls. I have experimented and did listen to countless systems.Each time mains were positioned close to the wall(less than 3 feet),no matter what gear was used the sound did suffer.
Also putting L/R mains in corners or close is the other grotesque mistake,as room induced irregularities will be more aparent then ever.I am surprised how many can stand these irregularities and accept them.
In the wonderful world of Hi Fi the goal is to have the most natural sound possible,not diformation and added colorations.
Also using an EQ to compensate is a very flawed aproach,as you DISTORT the original signal trying to compensate for a bad setup(negative effect of room acoustics).Ending with a signal that has nothing to do with high fidelity,accuracy is gone. As the signal is not even true to the original anymore.
Same thing with subwoofers,the closer you place them to walls,the more you stuff them in corners.The more room gain you'll get,the more room you will hear.
The extra gain in SPL you get from placing subs in corners is microscopic compared to the loss in sound quality in most cases! Unless setup and tune up is done by a sound engineer who know what he is doing,and has measuring gear in hand. To use subs placed in corners or close to corners to good effect you need multiples.
Just a tiny Sunday night rant...now...stop sticking mains close to walls,and you will all improve the sound quality.
Merry Christmas Klipschers
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