So, I was reading a spiel from one of my buddies at Audio Annex, where he was describing a sort of "eureka" moment...
One day , unbeknownst to him, someone or something flipped the "mono" switch on his preamp. He chalked it up to a number of things, but had no idea as to the real cause... anyway, he decided to mess around with placement to see if that could take care of the multiple problems(main one being no soundstage!). Well, after many hours of moving the speakers about, he got them situated to where they sounded the best..it was at that point he noticed the mono switch being engaged, and switched it back to stereo... well, he said the sounds he got from that point on were amazing, better than any time before, huge, saying how he got hit with a wall of 3d sound stage..... , as a result, he does this any time he has a speaker setup gig, and of course recommends this course of action to all the junior audiophile types.
I had never thought about doing that, but when I think about it, it makes perfect sense. As a recording engineer, I know that I will always get great results in stereo(once ive folded the multitrack down to 2ch) by first getting it right in mono...but I had never thought of doing it with speaker setup.
Learn something new every day. going to be doing this myself, both here at home and at the studio.
thoughts are welcome.