It's been a long time but this forum was really helpful during my hunt for the system I wanted. Since then it has been several years of audio bliss. Well, now I am moving in with my girlfriend, in Brooklyn NY. We found a fairly nice place with rent we can afford and decent square footage, great view, seemingly well insulated for sound (turns out it's not, but that'll only affect my musicianship, not my listening) etc.. but the living room layout is a little weird. We didn't want to miss out on the place for that alone and pulled the trigger.. it's a kickass place! This was originally a studio and they put up a new wall, and the door placement in that wall means there are no uninterrupted walls in the whole living room. Here is the layout and a few pics for reference of scale. The measurement along the bedroom wall is 193'' not 93'' as indicated in the floor plan and the dimensions of "living room and kitchen" is the whole apartment, including the bedroom.
We do not want anything to block the path between the bedroom door and the bathroom door, or into the apartment, into the kitchen etc. It is ok if we have to walk around something to get to the balcony door. We are also cool with closing one of the sliding doors to the bedroom and leaving the other half open. Something can go in front of the closed door. Not planning on a lot of seating, just a 2 or 3 seat couch and a chair or two, a small tv on a cart (no wall mounting) and the basic bookcase somewhere, plus my cd racks which are also not bulky. I'm trying to get her to understand that it is a waste of awesome speakers not to place them right, and that ultimately with that living room the approach of shoving everything with one corner is not going to do them justice so we'll have to be a little creative. Listening is a huge priority to me.
The system is 2 Chorus 826v floorstanders hooked up to a Cambridge Audio Azure 640.
So what am I gonna do here? Any layout suggestions? Is it time to do bookshelf speakers on stands for a while? I have somewhere safe to store my beloved Chorus. I'm also ok with investing in better monitors for my studio desk (in the bedroom) and not having a living room hifi at all, even though I prefer the coloration of hifi vs monitors and also don't want to be in front of a PC every time I listen. In my testing anything from 76'' to 92'' for the sides of the triangle sounds great to me, but smaller than 72" starts to get very harsh and unbalanced, however maybe putting them closer to a wall/corner would mellow that out a bit. Music style is mostly rock, fusion, metal, acoustic (piano or guitar), prog rock, slowcore, etc..
Honestly I can't think of anything that'll work
except maybe chuck the 3 seater and put a 2 seater facing the windows and after the bedroom door, and have the stereo in front of the windows. She says that there isn't enough room for a 2 seater there, but the way I see it, what's the harm in having to walk between a couch and a wall to get to the bathroom, or walk around the couch a little bit to get into the place.