Originally Posted by Encom Tron
I agree with Charles R that the soundstaging remains centered properly when seated far left or right of center with the R-972. My listening room is about 14 feet wide and 39 feet deep. When I ran the Trinnov configuration, I used the center of the sofa where my wife and I usually view movies from. That position was about 2 feet left of the center of the room (width-wise). My favorite chair is way over on the far right side of the room and slightly forward of the previously mentioned sofa. I never configured a 2nd listening position because it still sounded great way over in that chair. I use Anthony Gallo Accoustics Reference Strada speakers which have great horizontal dispersion properties which may help some but I didn't expect the imaging to remain so well centered. I don't recall my Outlaw Audio 990 keeping the image as well centered when listening in the chair. I have a 2nd R-972 which I will be setting up in the "lower man cave". I'll try to get that done this weekend and I'll report back my findings (that theater uses Boston Acoustics direct radiating speakers for all front speakers).
Okay - with the holidays it took me until just a few days ago to get the 2nd R-972 set up in the "lower man cave" system. I started off by resetting the R-972, then I hooked up just 3 speakers (front left, front center and front right). The speakers were all Boston Acoustics Compact Reference 8 (aka CR-8). The left and right speakers were on stands and the center was below the TV. As a result, the center channel speaker's tweeter was about 8 inches or so below the tweeters of the left and right speakers. I ran the Trinnov calibration and then configured the flat curve and 3-D spatial correction for the DVD input (sent via coax digital). I watched Terminator 2 and found that dialog remained very well centered until I moved 3 feet or so outside of the left and right speakers. I reset the R-972 and added 2 more speakers as front hight speakers (connected to the rear surround speaker terminals on the R-972). I re-ran Trinnov and found that the resulting soundstage was notably taller. It seemed also that I was able to move even further outside the right and left speakers with dialog remaining centered on the screen but I did not do a double blind test to confirm this.
To compare, I viewed the opening scene of Terminator 2 upstairs on the "upper man cave" system (with Gallo Strada speakers and another R-972). I found that with the Strada speakers, the imaging was superior and I could move even further outside of the front right or left speaker without the center dialog starting to jump to closer speakers. It's not really a fair comparison considering the Stradas cost about 6 times more than the CR-8s but I concluded that the post Trinnov soundstage is very wide regardless of the speakers used.
I then hooked up an old school Nintendo 64 and proceeded to play Goldeneye 007 for well over an hour. I was shocked at how incredible it sounded throught the R-972 and I got sucked in to the game.