Most of this post is a crosspost from the accoustic thread that I posted. I figured that I would add it here, as it really does 'kinda' show the lengths I am going to in order to get this card sounding as good as possible.
After changing the opamps, and doing the cap removal to the card, it has really, really opened up on me. I am in a very small room 12x11 and yet this card was putting out a pretty decent soundstage. It also really brightened up on me, and to my ears at least sounded a bit harsh. Solo's were a bit to far forward for me, but yet maintained decent focus. I say decent, not perfect there. I noticed the vocals were completely overpowering the rest of the mix on just about all the jazz albums I own, well except for patricia barber which imho has way to much bass.
Part of my problem may be that I was very used to the sound of the tubes in my dvd player, and this is a totally different sound alltogether. In the long run, I am going to look into a good tube amp to replace the denon 5800. Maybe, just maybe the combination of this card and a good tube amp setup will hit audio nirvana for me. Accuracy and warmth... mmmmmm
Well here's the crosspost portion:
Well I ran out today and purchased 50 of the 2x4 2" 6lb '705' panels to see if they would help out or not. Wish they had at least some 1" in stock but no luck there so I bought what I could get my hands on.
I figured that before taking the time to build/stain and cover the panels that I would try setting them around the room first to see if they made any difference. First I started by placing 8 panels around the room, listened for awhile, wasn't exactly blown away by the change so I made some changes.
I read about people cutting them into triangles and stacking them into a corner. So a few hrs later I had one big pile ready. Really only having one corner in the room available I decided to start there.
The sound change wasn't really all that evident. I wonder If I should continue all the way up the wall or not. Takes a lot of time and energy cutting these suckers, so if people here believe it wont help I'd like to hear before going through the motions.
If it is worth it, was thinking about leaving the rear speaker there, filling in the sides, and just continuing up the wall until I reach the ceiling. Of course if it does sound better, then I will build enclosers and wrap them to make it look right.
I also tried laying a few across the front to see if there was an effect
I may only be imagining things but it does seem to help a little bit with the harshness. It's not a huge change like I was hoping for, but there is a little. One thing I noticed was that on some albums I am loosing my 'vocal focus' in the soundstage. It's like I can tell the voice is coming from 2 speakers instead of enter imaged from the 2 speakers. Not sure how else to explain it.
Also, do you guys think it would help if I rebuilt my screen so that I could place this stuff behind it as well?
If I can find a scenario where this stuff really helps the room out, then I will build 1x2 frames for them, router edges, and stain them, probably deep mohogany. Will use french cleats on the back so that they are sticking about an inch out from the walls.