OK like Socrates "The Gadfly" that irritated the occupants of the city state of Athens, I hereby propose an irritating question to those I have observed on this site: Why do you all insist on installing your megabucks systems the wrong way to properly display a stereo image?
Here's my point: I went on the overall site looking at the pictures of other's installations and was struck by one point over and over... Almost without exception everybody plunks their expensive chrome, shiny gear right in between their speakers...right where it is the object to generate a proper stereo image.
If I was a movie projectionist and instead of throwing an image on a flat white screen without impediment I instead put a pile of huge rocks on the stage and projected the image there, what would you expect as an outcome? That's right. a jagged, pile of rocks would be trying to display your pristine image and faces would be all distorted as the rocks shone back the image.
In this exact phenomenon the home "stereo image' afficiando has been informed that they must plunk the sum total of their investment "the crap" herein referred to...right in between the speakers. One assumes the point is to impress all those assembled with how expensive your "crap" is.
However from the point of a projectionist what the hell is all that crap doing THERE?
I suppose most stereophile afficiandos have fallen prey to the seductive idea that "short expensive leads" are in order so you all have python sized speaker cables hooked up to your amplifiers. Or you just don't yet realize that even box speakers project the stereo image to the sides and the rear of their location. As the sound comes out of a box speaker it pretty much spreads out in ALL directions. Beliveve it or not.
And of course a lot of you couldn't possibly place the "junk" such as CD players,amps and the associated crapola anywhere else except "right between the speakers where the leads are short!".
I would argue (and I AM arguing) that you would all be much better served if you moved all your junk out of the display area of the "stereo image" and instead put either some absorbent acoustic tiles there or a nice horn loaded fireplace or something, anything, other than a pile of your precious "stereo gear."
Perhaps you could try longer speaker leads of sufficient quality to allow everything to be shoved over to the side of the room or even better, placed in a separate room completely isolated from turntable vibration and bass feedback loops. Or you could experiment using balanced plus six DB output leads and remote feed your amps and STILL keep your precious speaker leads short. At the very least you might accomplish moving your vibration prone turntables out of the line of fire. Or would that be too logical?
Like in a professional recording studio where they purposely keep all the recording junk away from the performers. Hmmmm.
Discuss. Get angry. Call me an ass.
I'm just asking...