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Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: sierra ecuadoriana
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For stereo playback, the wider the room the better. I built a room that was 17.5 ft wide with the L/R speakers spread 8 ft,(flanking a 65" screen). That left 58" to the side walls, which produced a very wide soundstage...much wider than if the room was 13ft wide with the speakers about 10~11ft apart (flanking a 103", 2.35:1 screen) as in one dealer HT room.
Placing speakers near the side walls as in that dealer room, even with absorption panels placed right there will only suck up the early reflections, but the soundstage will sound very pinched, compared to if there is 4~5ft to the side walls.
And with the room I built, and the speaker setup, it was also very good for MCM/HT.