Originally Posted by lalakersfan34
LOL, indeed you did. Being close to or exactly at 38% really does make a difference. The common thought many people have is to try to be right in the middle of a room. They figure it's the most "symmetrical" so it will sound the best. Unfortunately, it puts them smack in the middle of a bass vacuum. Of course, sitting along room boundaries has the opposite effect. I don't know the mathematical explanation for it, but the 38% rule works!
i'm right at 38% lengthwise but i'm right in the middle between the two sidewalls. i know 38% in all three directions is best, but if you don't center yourself and your speakers between the sidewalls then your imaging can really suffer.
Ethan actually revised that article after i made that point to him. he says: "Likewise, while left-right symmetry is important for proper imaging, you could optionally offset your listening position a few inches to either side to avoid being exactly halfway between the left and right side walls."
in my room it seems if i don't center my speakers (meaning having each one the same distance from the side walls) and sit dead center, imaging really suffers. the stage gets pulled to one side. i'll take the hit to gain better staging.