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TheMattman
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Anything I can do to help with this less than ideal speaker placement?

Greetings fellow stereophiles.

Unfortunately due to my cramped studio apartment, this is the speaker placement I am forced to live with. There is no leeway:

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It's still the best sound I've ever had in my setup but I have to crank the balance knob about 25 - 30% right to get mono recordings to sound like they're coming from the phantom center.

I imagine this is because the wood of the dresser on the left is reflecting sound while the couch on the right is absorbing sound.

I also assume that the reflecting effects of the dresser are hurting my sound in other ways than balance but am unsure.

What say you acoustic experts? Will the sound I hear with this positioning be particularly compromised? Is there any very thin product I could put between the left speaker and the dresser that would ameliorate the reflections? Would anything that thin even help?

I welcome any and all thoughts!

Thanks in advance.

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Most unfortunate. All I can

Most unfortunate. All I can suggest is to pull the speakers forward enough so that their fronts are more forward than the front of the dresser. Also, perhaps, raise them both so that the right one is higher than the arm of the couch and both are close to ear height.

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Thanks, Kal.

Thanks, Kal.

I cannot pull the right speaker forward as if I move the couch further back it will block the entry way to the room.

And despite how it looks in the picture, the speakers are currently 1 - 2 inches above ear height. The bottom edge of the woofer on the right speaker is also above the couch by 1 inch.

Two questions:

1. Would it be better to have the left speaker pulled up past the dresser and the right speaker remain where it is? Or would that asymmetry hurt my sound even more than the dresser?

2. Do you think raising the tweeters a few more inches above ear height will hurt my sound more than having the right speaker so close to the couch?

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If you are listening from the

If you are listening from the couch, none of this seems relevant since it enforces an extreme asymmetry.

If you are listening from where the picture was taken, you would benefit from getting both speakers up and forward.

All in all, don't obsess about what you cannot fix. Just enjoy the music.

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How important is that couch

How important is that couch on the right? If it could go you could play out of the corner of the room

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Agree, it doesn’t matter.

Agree, it doesn’t matter. Maybe get some headphones. Listening from the couch, that’s funny!

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Ouch.

I'd sure be doing anything possible to raise the speakers (TV if needed) and shift it all right, possibly covering the dresser's side wall if still to close. There ought to be a safe way to tilt them back down a bit to the listening seat. Good luck and kudos for trying!

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Now the good news. Even if

Now the good news. Even if you had the capability to move your speakers around, unless you had a foolproof, analytical method for determining the ideal speaker locations in your particular room, your chances of success are like trying to solve x number of simultaneous equations in x + N unknowns. Move a little, listen a little is a very outdated and relatively ineffective method for speaker placement.

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It may not sound...

...any good at all, but you might try wall-mounting the speakers.

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Hmmm...

Mattman, I'm sure you've deduced, by now, that Geoffkait is about as helpful as a skunk at a garden party.

It was difficult for me to make out what kind of speakers you have. They looked like stand-mounters, to me. Also, looks like you've got a center channel speaker? Regardless, the left and right channels are definitely too low relative to what I assume is your listening position. The couch obstruction is definitely not good either, as is having the speakers nestled in corners. Wall-mounting, as ChrisS suggests, might be a good idea as long as you can avoid having their backs up against the wall and get them between 35 to 40 inches off the floor, which is kinda' what Kal is getting at. Maybe taller stands? What about wall-mounting the TV?

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Another low brow detractor,

Another low brow detractor, oh, well, I guess it comes with the territory.

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