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Is there a rule when you should or should not toe in your fronts? I have horn speakers and I have read both ways. I know that its up to me in the end what I like, but I was just wondering if there is a said rule, like how many degrees or like crossing 2 feet in front of the sweet spot or what? thanks in advance for the reply's. If It matters at all I have bic pl-89s for the fronts.
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Is there a rule when you should or should not toe in your fronts? I have horn speakers and I have read both ways. I know that its up to me in the end what I like, but I was just wondering if there is a said rule, like how many degrees or like crossing 2 feet in front of the sweet spot or what? thanks in advance for the reply's. If It matters at all I have bic pl-89s for the fronts.

With the Hsus my intersection was like a foot in front of the main position but iirc more distance would be ok and maybe even better. I'd think the bics would mention something about it in the manual or on their site.
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For certain horn-loaded speakers, toe-in in front of the listening position is sometimes suggested as the first reflections set up from that angle can create a wider soundstage by hitting the other side of the listener. That is the theory anyway.
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Klipsch big horns work best aiming right at you so you can see down the throat of the horns. What makes it obvious that you have it right is when they completely disappear from the room, leaving only point sources of voices and instruments.

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Is there a rule when you should or should not toe in your fronts?
Almost always. But how much varies, depending on how far apart they are and how distant the listening position. When perfectly aimed you can close your eyes and hear center panned sounds coming from the so-called phantom center. But the size of the sweet spot where you'll get that effect isn't all that large, and is something best appreciated when listening to stereo sources though L/R speakers. With more than a 2.x source and a center speaker imaging isn't much, if any, of a concern.

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