Originally Posted by linds
I've run Audyssey a couple of times.
The room is predominately reflective. The side walls have movie posters. It's carpetted though and the ceilings are standard height
The worst part about the acoustics is the distance between the seats and the wall behind, it's ~20cms. They can't really come forward because the screen is so freakin huge ~2.9Ms width. I've been thinking about putting some sort of acoustic dampening on this back wall to see if it makes a difference, would be interesting to see if drapping a thick rug in this area would make a difference (there's a narrow window at the top of the wall which it could potentially hang from)
I've briefly experimented with no EQ but from memory got bad results with this, sounded very hollow, but I'll try that again to confirm. Don't use any sound processing like Dynamic Volume/EQ or Cinema EQ
Not saying the Klipsch horns can't be sticking needles in your ears and brain but yes, it reads as if you have a very bright, compressed room and even the best positioning of the Klipsch speakers may continue causing you pain.
Yes, hanging a thick rug behind you would help with the closeness to the back wall and wouldn't hurt doing the same for the screen wall, but doing so will do little with the surrounds as they're not behind and far enough away from you. FWIW, movie posters, in of themselves, are reflective.
What are the room measurements? Dynamic Volume is a good thing for listening at low levels. Nothing wrong with EQ'g a room, that's what happens in a mixing room and despite purist protests, "ALL" rooms need to be EQ'd to compensate for listening room acoustics.
On the surface, working with what you've described, it sounds like you have a compressed listening venue that's terribly bright. This is not a good match for closely placed, horn loaded speakers that like to throw their sound at the listeners. Kinda like having a third beer with a complainer in your face.
Short of replacing your whole speaker system with a set that better matches the acoustics and size of the room, your best bet will be to tone the reflections in the room down with wall placements and place your surrounds about two or three meters up and away from your listening position. If possible, set the speakers on the back wall, so they're about a half meter above your ears and two meters on either side of your ears. Despite arguments, surround soundtracks are about ambiance, not front channel dialogue. The point, if you have to rotate the surrounds and stick the surrounds on different walls, with Audyssey compensation for time domain differences, you'll be good.