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jpmc86 04-16-2014 10:34 PM

Hey guys!

So my current room setup doesn't seem to be the perfect one at the moment. For some reason I started to realize that the stereo imaging isn't dead on straight for most audio tracks. It seems to be a little off to the left. Now to the left of the front left speaker there is a large distance between the nearest wall and that speaker. The right speaker has a shorter distance to the wall. If this is an issue, what could be done to correct this?

Ethan Winer 04-17-2014 09:35 AM

Yes, symmetry is very important. You can counter uneven wall distances by placing absorbing panels on stands, symmetrically on the left and right sides, about halfway between you and the loudspeakers. Absorbers improve imaging and clarity enormously, even in rooms that are symmetrical.


jpmc86 04-17-2014 12:09 PM

Hi Ethan! Thanks for the tip. Where would you suggest placing these absorbing materials? On the side of the speaker that is furthest from the wall or the one that is closer?
Any site I might be able to read up on how to fix this? Thanks much for the tip!

Ethan Winer 04-20-2014 12:18 PM

Sorry for the delay. I'm up to my eyeballs with a new music project that will occupy me for the next many months, so my participation in audio forums will be spotty.

The panels should be on both sides, about halfway between your head and the speakers, and the same distance from the center of the room left to right. This symmetrical panel placement is what forces symmetry. More here:

How To Set Up A Room
Early Reflections

Neither of the above articles address your specific issue, but they explain the basics and reasons for absorbing "early" reflections.


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