Originally Posted by garence
Placement is definitely key, with any speakers. Some are more forgiving than others but from what I've been gathering, some of the best speakers take a lot of work to get optimally positioned and then they sound as good as their money.
I've had both Klipsch and Canton speakers positioned poorly and optimally and both sounded great, depending upon the music. Klipsch speakers sing with classical and jazz. The Cantons handle them well too, but I'd say they do better with rock because of the better bass representation (at least in the models I've used). The latest models are now split between stereo and theater focus, so with models targeted for theater you're going to need a subwoofer to cover the range.
I know the sound is always dependent a lot on a specific environment, but I am dying to know what positioning you went with for your Canton's. I have been testing, testing, testing, listening, testing, listening, moving, working for weeks now trying to figure out where to put these beasts haha. Here is what I'm dealing with
My "room" is 12'8" wide by 16'8" long. This is in a finished basement. Going long ways the first half or so of the ceiling is about 7' high and like a rough breaded drywall type material. The other half is 8' high with dropped ceiling tile. The tile appears to be nice for acoustics (soft, tiny holes) but I'm really not sure. The floor is carpeted. The 12.8" wide x 16.8" long "room" really only has 3 walls -- The front wall where the speakers are, the right wall, and the back wall. The front wall has a 55" LCD HDTV mounted to the wall between the speakers. The back wall has 2 fairly large windows. They are covered with large cardboard boxes, and the boxes have blinds down over them. I have a large fluffy couch towards the back wall. The back of the couch is about 18" off the wall, and the main listening position probably puts you about 3' off the back wall. The left side is mostly open and goes into the rest of the basement. Starting from the back wall where I sit, the left side has about 4' of drywall. at the front there is a structural vertical beam that is drywalled a few inches from the front wall. So basically, the left side has about 12' of "open" space leading into the rest of the basement.. To to spousal constraints, I am not able to move the couch forward any more...trust me, I had it pulled clear out about 6' into the room and it didn't go so well lol
Here is what I have right now setup wise:
I have the speakers such that the front of the cabinet of the speaker is 24" off the front wall, and 12" off the side wall. Of course on the left side that is mostly open that really means 12" in from where the vertical support beam is. That puts the back of the speaker cabinet the minimum 12" off the front wall. I have tried various toe-in configurations, but I find I get the best imaging and soundstage with them straight ahead. I am a big Dylan and Beatles fan, so I have been auditioning a lot of their early MONO work. With the straight ahead configuration and a large spread between the speakers, my speakers totally disappear and I would swear to god the glorious single sound is channeling right out of my center channel.
So...that's my setup. My biggest concerns are with bass and first reflections of the right wall right now. I'm a little concerned that having the right speaker 12" from the right wall facing straight ahead will cause reflections and sub par sound.
What are your thoughts guys that have Cantons???