Originally Posted by rcohen
Okay...just reread it. Now I see that you mean focus = imaging.
Yes, I used an inappropriate term. Sorry for that confusion.
No, I haven't tried toeing my speaker out, but I have tried the difference between toed in and straight. I don't think destroying imaging is necessary to create ambience, though. Imaging mostly comes from hearing the same thing from both speakers. Ambience mostly comes from diffuse reflections. So, yes, you can toe out to sacrifice imaging in favor of ambience, but my point was that there are other ways to get ambience, aside from sacrificing imaging. That said, since you added that you have asymmetrical placement, imaging is going to be really tough to get, anyway.
But have you tried it? Yes, from personal experience, flying in the face of convention, it's necessary to destroy imaging to increase the size of the sound stage. As to symmetrical vs asymmetrical placement, I can easily get symmetrical placement and achieve a focused image. The speaker system was purposely set up to be asymmetrical. Based on my personal experience with the performing arts center, I found out that an imaged sound stage is an unnatural sound stage and does not replicate real life.
Try it, and if it doesn't work for you, other than the time you spent listening to your favorite symphonic music with your eyes closed, there's nothing lost. Yes, it's important to listen to before and after with your eyes closed as your mind can get a feel for how much larger the sound stage is and how much more easily you can locate each of the instrument sections. And if it doesn't work for you, you carefully move your speakers back into what you see to be the best position, write me off as a nut case and go on about your listening day.
My response was based on what you posted:
I think it has to do with the increase ability for spatial information retrieval in real, large recording venues, often found in classical music recording.
The intent of my response, based on personal experience and your comment above, is to aid your listening experience, not create discord. I find that when I listen with eyes closed, the stage is large and mentally, I find myself in the hall the recording was made in but when I open my eyes, the stage crashes as all of a sudden, my eyes are met by a normal living room as opposed to the large expanse of the recording venue and the sonic part of my brain is being confused by what my eyes are telling the spacial part of my brain.....does not compute.
Not sure about your use of "ambience."
-Edited by BeeMan458 - 11/24/13 at 8:21am