What I don't understand is if someone is dedicated enough to shell out $4000 for a pair of speakers, why would they limit themselves to placing the speakers in a location that is not going to do the performance any good. I mean, I understand the whole thing about limited space and all, but what's the point in spending that kind of cash when you're never going to get them sounding even half as good as they possibly can?!
Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking anyone here because I see it all the time all over the WWW. Even people that buy loudspeakers costing greater that $100k still shove them up against the wall of way back in the corners. It makes absolutely no sense at all to me.
If you are truly that limited on space, then the best thing would be to buy a really great pair of book shelf speakers and stands so you can place them better in the limited amount of room you have, then add room treatments to help improve the sound that much more.
And the whole "WAF" thing... All I'm going to say about that is it's a bunch of BS. Whenever I get around to getting married, my wife is going to know well ahead of time that music and audio equipment is non-negotiable. If she doesn't like it, then she can either get over it or take a hike. That's how it was with my parents. My father used to have all of the stereo equipment and huge Klipsch speakers all the time. Sure, she would complain about it (the constant money being spent and the amount of space being taken up), but he pretty much told her to get over it. And guess what, they are still very much happily married to this day after 46+ years. So the ones who go on and on about having to obey the WAF, they are you-know-what whipped and obviously do not wear the pants in the family.
To get to my original point, all I have are a pair of one months old $1000 RS6's that I only paid $700 for, and I have them placed much better than most others do. At 13 x 17ft, my room is by no means large, but I make due with what I have and am probably achieving much better sound out of these little $700 speakers than people with $4000-10k speakers crammed into corners and up against walls.
Anyway, I didn't mean to take off on a rant here, and I'm in no way upset or anything. I just don't understand the logic of some of the things I see going on in the audio world these days.