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Buddha
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An under-appreciated tweak.

Aloha!

Was thinking about tweaks and ended up with a stupid question:

When Stereophile measures a speaker's off axis response, does it ever include vertical data?

I don't think it does.

I went and checked a few reviews, and things are usually measured "on axis," and then measured for "lateral dispersion" and "lateral response."

Maybe vertical dispersion would be interesting to see, just as a discussion topic or something.

The reason I mention all this is that last night I was slouched in my listening chair for the computer system, and the sound was a little dull in the top end. It made me start thinking of tweaks, and I sat up to type an idea...low and behold...the top end got much more friendly and outgoing!

So, that made me think about all the times I've sat and listened to speakers and then stood up and noticed a huge shift in the sound...and that made me think to remind people that one of the best tweaks is making sure your listening height is optimal for your system. (Also, when shopping for speakers, remember to think about your listening height or "heights" and take that into account as you audition, buy, and install!)

Then, all of that made me think of that old thread about listening chairs, which completes a circuit for me and makes me want to shut up now.

Kal Rubinson
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Re: An under-appreciated tweak.


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When Stereophile measures a speaker's off axis response, does it ever include vertical data?


It does on everyone I checked (mostly those attached to my own reviews but others, too).

Kal

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Re: An under-appreciated tweak.

OK, I gotta get home and look, but I just checked the Sonus Faber online review and...CRAP!...I just found that part.

OK, so they do. See what happens when I post from memory and then think I chekced my facts bfore posting? Yup, I'm wrong.

Man, looked right at it and didn't see it.

[Insert Emily Litella moment....]

As David Feherty said when he saw Tiger hit a wedge out of deep ruff, over 184 yards of trees, and land the ball next to the cup...F**k me!

Well, I'll still try to stand behind the rest of the post!

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Re: An under-appreciated tweak.

I usually make note of the vertical issues since I listen seated, most of the time. OTOH, I do a fair amount of walking around, in and out of the listening room so it is often obvious that a speaker sounds different at different listening heights. Of course, I ain't that tall.

Kal

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Re: An under-appreciated tweak.

I've also noticed a trend with small speakers. Quite a few of them are designed to be mounted high or on tall stands. I'm sure this has to do with home theaters and that sort of thing. Anyway, there are a lot of bookshelf speakers that can serve dual purpose and this could be a consideration.

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