Originally Posted by TheLion
I know... ;-)
It certainly is the thoughest speaker to evaluate objectively. It takes months to get used to the sound signature which is like nothing else. Straight "out of the box" in a room without extensive treatment and of standard size, without any EQ I will go as far as saying this: Get yourself a Seaton Catalyst and be done with it. If you try to build something really special it takes alot of effort to get the best out of the Danley's. A rather large room with excellent accoustic treatment, best possible signal chain, optimized speaker placement and state of the art "room correction" to get the frequency response "smooth enough" - than you can reach a level of performance that is hardly comparable with "standard speaker designs".
From Ivan's subjective description of the differences between the SH50 and the SM60, it appears that the tonal balance of the SH50 is weighted more toward to the bass/mid-bass/midrange than the SM60.
In my system, I finally figured out a way to get the SM60M's off the floor! I hung the screen and changed the room layout to allow the SM60M's to be at a little above ear height and flanking the screen. The angled side is flush with the left/right walls.
Changes to earlier impressions due to new (more ideal) placement:
Soundstage wider (expected) and deeper (unexpected)
Getting more ceiling bounce (naturally, from a 7' attic ceiling) which until treated, has muddied up the pure stereo imaging a bit. Room treatments to the rescue ASAP!
When the speakers were sitting directly on the floor, the floor bounce created an artificial warmth and also precluded the direct ceiling bounce from hitting the listener position within the time window for the precedence effect to smear the sound image.
Now that the L/R SM60M's are aligned in height and room placement with the SH100's (LS/RS) the multichannel experience is even more immersive and less cluttered by the room boundary interaction.
As to the difficulty of placing these Synergy design speakers in a given room:
The directivity alone solves many issues present in rooms.
The tonal balance all across the pattern, vertically and horizontally also simplifies the interaction with the room, at least in terms of tonal consistency.
Of course, for the ultimate optimization, room treatments and speaker placement vis a vis wall boundaries and the listener position must be tweaked. I am impressed with how much EASIER the Synergy design makes this tweaking process, especially when using both ears and measurements in tandem.
However, the difference in tonal weight balance between your SH50's and the SM60M's to which I refer may be making it more difficult to get the tonal balance you are looking for at the listener position.
More details on the issues you have been seeing in your space and the solutions you have tried would be helpful to all. No dropping an information grenade in the tank and then running for cover!