Originally Posted by krs
I went ahead and bought their Sierra-1's in a "B-Stock" deal
Sometimes an unlikely combination will produce a sound that can't be found by just buying numbers in specs, and there IS a kind of magic in it.
Focus on listener position, speaker placement, then the room.
If you can, try to have significant space from speakers and boundaries, including the front wall if at all possible. Keeping yourself off the back wall is imperative, at least a few feet, if not, time to look at massive broadband treatments there. The starting point for listener position is to be in a lengthwise orientation, and have the ears 38% of the distance, doesn't matter front or back wall. While this is the best spot as far as the axial modes, this number may drop to as low as 33% with the inclusion of non-axial modes.
The thing for me that raised this question is that I'd never seen such effects advertised before - I'd always considered that a "magic" result is more a matter of luck coupled with an accident of electronic symbiosis, or something. An experience or system that could not be duplicated if you try, and might not remain after a move or even a time of equipment disconnection.
Generally, flat response without distortion is the goal, the same goal for everyone, or it should be. Then, many of us prefer to have a rolloff of the HF.
I used to have an audiophile buddy who swore by his barometer - that the weather made his sound system, and he refused to listen to his favorite pieces of music when the barometer read higher than a certain point. Lucky for him to live in San Franscisco instead of San Diego or he might never have found his satisfactory sound.
That's pretty funny stuff man.