To Tony123, or anyone else who has owned THX Ultra 2s:
Has anyone else noticed that these speakers tend to have a very particular sweet spot? Because when I play music or lie down on the couch one way or the other, I can mostly hear the sound from the closer speaker, so much so that if I'm sitting roughly in between the speakers (say, when I play midi piano), I need to really dial in the L/R balance so I don't feel like I'm hearing it only from one side.
Is this normal? My setup is rather temporary but I have my KL-650s on office chairs to the sides of the desk holding my plasma TV and digital stage piano. Maybe once I set up the speakers on some stands or on the wall with VESA mounts it'll be less extreme. I'd guess that the right speaker was about six inches closer to my sitting position than the left one. But when I lie down and watch movies it kind of bugs me that I have to alter the LR balance depending on my body orientation on the couch, to feel like I'm hearing anything from the farther speaker. I guess this problem will be minimized if I stick the speakers farther away from me, and more to the front rather than the sides.
Maybe this highly focused sound problem isn't unique to these speakers but horns in general. I don't remember my old B&Ws requiring such placement care. In any case, they couldn't handle the SPLs I'm pounding away with my setup, but it would be good to know for my eventual future purchase (I love these for movies, which I watch 90% of the time, when I'm not playing piano that is).
These speakers seem to need higher volume to give out the same detail, but can handle the dynamics way better without straining. Not to mention the SPLs are just out of this world. I've had a few more all night techno parties from the time when I blew a driver last time (the warranty was honoured locally here in Canada, thank god) with my setup and the sound didn't disappoint -- it was so loud, you could hear it around the corner outside the building. Eventually the cops came.
I'm wondering what a good company would be to buy some PA type stands for these, I love the flexibility of being able to move them around in my loft for the various functions I host here, rather than sticking these up against the walls. Anyone have some suggestions for something affordable? Like industrial looking / minimal.