Originally Posted by petetherock
Just had my 804Ds set up...
I wonder how long do Diamond owners run in their speakers, and how much toe in do you do?
Also, I currently have them about 50 cm from the rear wall, but there is not as much bass as my old 805s. How long before the real sound kicks in?
The REAL sound kicks in the moment you play music through your speakers. I've seen speaker measurements of new vs "broken-in-for-months" speakers, and they looked almost identical (taking into consideration variance with room, placement, procedure, etc). And although some physical changes do occur over time like everything in life, the net result in SQ is insignificant.
The big changes in SQ occurs with your AVR setup. Some of us hate RC/EQ/THX/DSP, etc, and only listen in Direct modes. Some prefer RC/EQ/DSP/THX, etc.
Also speaker placements and room acoustics may play a role, especially if your room is very reflective (no carpets, rugs, drapes, curtains, sofas, books, etc).
I toe my speakers in 30-45 degrees. Some speakers will benefit, some will not. Try it out.
Having speakers near walls, instead of 2 - 3 feet out, may increase bass response, but may also muddy the sound.