Originally Posted by ClawAndTalon
Why are the speakers halfway into the room?
Short answer: That's where they sound best.
Longer answer: The photo exaggerates the sense of how close they are to the listening position. It also looks like they are further out than they are - they are about 4 feet out from the wall behind them.
The room used to be my 2 channel listening room up until 2010 when I renoed it to do home theater duty as well. The original listening sofa was on the wall that is now behind the Joseph speakers and my 2 channel speakers would be on the bay window side. I had plenty of flexibility to place all manner of speakers, big and small, in that set up. Usually they would end up well out from the back wall, much like above, and closer to me as it made for the smoothest most immersive sound.
To use the back wall for a projection screen I had to flip listening positions putting the sofa on the bay window side of the room. And I lined the screen wall with specially chosen L/C/R speakers for dedicated home theater duty (there are surround speakers too).
Soo...this did create a bit of an issue. If you look at the photo you'll see you are viewing through the wide room entrance in to the room. This means that 2 channel speakers will necessarily start blocking the room entrance if placed much further away than they are from the listening position. I both can't put them in to the screen wall corners, because they won't sound good and there are home theater speakers there anyway.
Therefore....they gotta go where I can put them, within a fairly limited range near the sofa.
Fortunately I had the room designed with an acoustician so it's a GREAT sounding room. Also, fortunately, the wide entrance-way allows bass to not overload the room. Also fortunately most speakers that I like tend to sound best to my ears when I'm about 7 feet or so from them, widely spaced. And that's exactly where those speakers are - about between 7 to 7 1/2 feet from the listening position widely spaced, exactly where I'd like them to be. And they sound optimized - beautifully even and controlled from top to bottom, smooth, immersive. The same goes for every speaker I've placed there (which is many, at this point, both stand mounted and floor standing).
So it's all worked out very well, amazingly enough given all the things I tried to juggle in that room, speakers end up where they actually sound best in the room.
I'd say most audiophile speakers actually benefit from a position like the one I use - that is well out from the back wall - unless they are designed to work close to a room boundary.