Originally Posted by Neo-Geo
I do value the advice that has been provided and I've read each suggestion closely and more than once. I do want to optimize, to a degree, but within my perspective of comfort. I'm ok with toeing in speakers, forgoing the overpowering Salon2s, switching the component rack with the right side speaker (if that's what Alimentall was implying), upgrading speaker wires to Cardas Golden Reference (or something equivalent), and upgrading the receiver (which is on the agenda but waiting for Pioneer's next flagship to be released).
However, even if the improvement was night and day, I won't be gluing foam pads to the walls, pulling the setup away from the front wall by a few feet or more, or elevating wires to avoid magnetic interference from the earth. At least I say that now, if I ever catch whatever fever you guys have then I'm sure I'd be just as critical a listener. Until then, I'll be enjoying Revel's Ultima2 line in a relatively simplistic and conventional fashion.
Thanks again for enlightening this humble grasshopper.
Understood, and you don't need to go to extremes to get good sound. However, consider this-- think of your speakers as sound "projectors". The placement you have now is the equivilent of taking a high-end, high-definition video projector, aiming it at the corner of a wall and expecting a good picture. Sure, the picture is still high-def, but it's wrapped around the corner of a wall.
The sound EQ in your AVR will help straighten out the "sound picture", but it will never be as good as projecting the image on a proper screen (the "screen" being the equivilant to acoustic room treatment). Sans screen, you at least want to, if you have the option to, get the image projected onto the flat part of the wall. Meaning that you want to have your left and right speakers equidisant from the sidewalls, or to at least get the right speaker out of the corner as much as possible.
I certainly don't think that proper speaker positioning is anywhere near the level of tweako audiophile that you allude to by mentioning things like cable lifts and the like. I've been into this this hobby for the better part of 15 years, and even I don't go to those extremes.
Truth is, I've got a similar situation with my set-up, with one of my speakers just 1.5 feet from the side wall. Unfortunately, I have no more room to play with because of an entryway to the left of the system. If I could I would change the speaker positions in a heartbeat, but for now I use room EQ to take care of the gross errors in the bass from the speaker that is close to the wall.
Anyway, I wish you the best and I don't mean to preach. Just trying to help you get the most out of your system.