Originally Posted by Kless
Do you have a subwoofer for your installation? From my experience, the Stradas don't go deep enough to stand on their own, except maybe for some classical music. My experience with Subwoofers with Strada (or 3.5's) shows that Mid Bass can be significantly improved by setting the crossover high and volume low, to overlap the natural mid bass roll off. My McIntosh MEN200 has a choice of Cross Over Types (Butterworth, L/R, 1st, 2nd, 4th Order, etc.), and I find that Butterworth 1st Order set at 125 Hz works well driving the second voice coil of my 3.5's. I even tried keeping the Subwoofer Amp driving the 2nd voicecoil on the 3.5's, with my main amp driving the Strada's. The 125Hz, 1st order setting still produced very good results, which tells me that Strada's must start to roll off fairly early (at least in my room). I have a small Totem Sub that I've tried with the Strada's, and to get good fill in Mid Bass (in my room) I set the crossover to 150 Hz or higher. I think the difference is that most subwoofers are much steeper slope (2nd order or 4th order) for their internal crossover. I read somewhere that Anthony Gallo uses 1st order crossover in the 3.5's. So for my setup with the 3.5's, I am essentially expanding the entire bass spectrum to fill in the missing bass caused by my open, awkward room shape. Hope this helps.
I am currently running the Stradas as 2.0 in my living/family room. It's maybe another year away for adding the sub as I have a couples of toddlers. So it all about compromises right now. The Strada placement needs to be off the floor (on fireplace mantle) and definitely no sub yet. Also, I know the Rotel RA1062 may not be the best match w/ the Stradas, but am not in a position to up grade the amp right now.
Also, I did try putting up some blankets at the corners. It did not seem to make much of a difference. On some recordings, the human voices still sounds hot and constricted (like a megaphone), the imaging somewhat flat, w/ high frequencies such as cymbals and bells sounds muffled. While other recording sound sound quite fantastic in all aspects, with only a slight hint of being overly warm at the voices.
Anyway, I am thinking that maybe trading in for something with a traditional tweeter like the Paradigm S1 might work better for me.