Originally Posted by dozer95667
I schould have mentioned this) I have my mains sitting about 10" too low. They are big bookshelves, they are made to be on about a 10" stand and I have them on the floor. EQ could be compensating for that.
yes and yes
the sound reflecting off the floor would make a difference
the mic just might be sitting in a bass peak enhanced by 1) speakers unduly vibrating the floor & 2) bass peaks & nulls occur from all 3 dimensions in a room - side to side, ceiling to floor as well as front to back.
if you want to give mcacc a fair shot, you need to do it right or don't bother.
get the speaker stands you should use, get your head out of the room (I've graphically seen my bass response curve change just by walking past the mic or being behind it).
look, have to say this, all of us have given you tips on how to do this from our own experience. Majority of owners, no matter what brand of EQ is uses, will position the mic as we've tried to describe, get themselves out of the way, even out of the room, aim the remote at the receiver from a distance not standing right in front of it and most are pleased with the results. Some still prefer the EQ off, but unless you set up the speakers in a decent common sense position to begin with, no EQ (unless perhaps the $15000 Trinnov) is going to help a poor speaker position.
Maybe you just like the bass bloat or thump from your floor
but that doesn't make it accurate
I suspect you know this but bookshelves, even large ones, are designed for best response, on shelves, stands, or suspended from wall. Hopefully, you don't have them smack against the front wall either.
Stands, straight up or slightly tilted back are there to aim the tweeter to your head and reduce room interactions. Why did you not use them to start with?
A mic placed at your nose (how can u possibly hold it still and level thru out the entire 10+ min for the setup??) is not going to compensate for "less than ideal" decisions on your part on the basics.
there, I've said it. and it kind of makes sense now
in the end, you may still prefer pure direct, but you aren't there yet because you're compromising your setup. If the speakers are meant to be put on stands, put them on stands!
hopefully, you take this in spirit it's given....trying to help you.