Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31
Leave no man behind. U.S. Military
Above all else, do no harm. Physicians' Creed
Now in audio, IMO,...above all else
, when considering any system in any room
, is front stage physical symmetry
, and acoustical symmetry
In all seriousness, the previous config, whereby all where tightly in a row, would seem superior to the asymmetrical approach. Even if it were in-audible, the thought of it would drive me crazy. (CDO)
It's the one where I put in a movie and push play and don't pick apart trying to understand the dialog, or worrying about my amps clipping, or if I move to the right I'm out the sweet spot. It's my fave because I watch movies.
Great point, we oftentimes get so wrapped up in the minutia, we lose track of the goal. I too absolutely love it, where upon the end credits rolling, I realize I never once analyzed, picked apart, re-played a chapter, yep that's the good stuff.
Like many enthusiasts, my wife and I typically love the big, bombastic, effects laden fun ride stuff. However last weekend, like many weekends, we watched a few movies. Moneyball (outstanding btw), Killer Elite (our kind of flick), and Brotherhood
. Well this Brotherhood was decent, but phenomenally relentless. It's a good thing the running time was a mere 76 minutes, because you truly need a break (obnoxious frat dicks) by the time the credits roll. All said, I never once considered the dialog/soundtrack a single time.
So, gmpc, good point.
A little closer examination of your front stage, I think of this every-time I see those type of mains. I contemplate front baffle diffraction, and how much a good felt, or acoustical foam,... could limit any detrimental effects of diffraction. Just a thought.