weird 23, Sounds like you have things dialed in just fine. My room is somewhat narrow. And while I've positioned my speakers to sound the best they are going to sound, given the size of the room, I know that they could benefit from a wider room and acoustic treatments. I've heard your speakers in a much larger room. I really enjoyed what I heard from that experience... greater deminsionality and wider sound stage. I'm experimenting with acoustic treatments and that's getting rid of the echo in my room. I started out with Contours S3.4s and the smaller Contour center at a previous residence. I enjoyed them a lot! Back then, I was using B&K separates and an Arcarm DVD (FMJ) player. At my present residence, and new relationship, the idea was to upgrade the system (C2s and SCX) and move to a larger house. Well, as you know, the real estate market went south and we found ourselve staying put...with the small room. I listen at moderate levels... genre ranges from Sinatra to the Stones and everything else in between. The S3.4s are probably more suitable for the room size. But, after having the C2s in this room, It's tough knowing that I'm giving up performance. But, then again, this room is HT. I have a large and powerful, clean amp and the Theta CBIII. I was hoping to retain some of the performance by getting the S5.4s.
Before switching out your C2's I'd work on the room acoustics first, you may be able to solve the problems your hearing and keep the C2's.
Send an email to GIK Acoustics,
Enclose pics of your room in the email and measurements of your speakers if possible. They'll come up with a plan to best optimize your room acoustics, it's a free service with no commitment to buy.
For speaker measurements I use this,
This kit is really easy to use and takes the guess work out of optimizing your speakers positioning. I've found that being able to see what's going on in the room really helps me understand what's going on and gives you an indication of what you need to do to correct any acoustical problems rather than just shooting in the dark.
I'm going to be doing some more experimentation dialing in the room acoustics further in the new year, going to try adding some diffusion. I've read that diffusion works well at increasing the soundstage size in smaller rooms.
weird 23, Thanks for the info. I'll take a look at those cites you listed and see if I can't dial my room in further. I, too, heard about how beneficial duffusion can be. This kit you speak of, is exactly what I need.
Thanks again. I'll keep you posted. Happy Holidays to you and to all of the Dyn guys on this site.