Tonal Balance and Deep Bass
Well, first of all, the place is more comfy. But, besides that, I soon remembered something John DeVore told me about speaker placement, room resonances, and physics and stuff. (I believe that monkeys were also involved John likes to talk about monkeys but we can forget about the monkeys for now.) Immedia's Allen Perkins, John told me, came up with a technique for speaker placement which features the listening position right up against the wall (like mine is now) and the speakers positioned directly between the listening position and the... other wall.
It's a little bit difficult to explain this without pretty pictures and some finger-pointing. Perhaps a PowerPoint Presentation is in order. Better yet: Allen's got some diagrams and formulas you can follow.
Allen explains that having the listening room set up in this manner eliminates early reflections, creating a good stereo soundstage and an unaltered perception of the speakers' tonal balance. I am all about the balance. Beyond that, sitting up against the rear wall, Allen says, results in better perception of deep bass. Kelli is all about the bass.
Allen also discusses room treatments. "It may be possible," he says, "to get even better results with carefully used room treatment."
To that, I say: forget about it. Seriously this time. I may have stuck some pillows in the corner for Kelli, but nobody's going to get me to stick pillows onto my ceiling. Not even Ethan Winer.