Originally Posted by emcdade
I don't think most "home theater" guys know what a soundstage created by 2 speakers is. I know I sure didn't until I heard a properly set up high end system.
I went from 5.1 back to 2channel because 5.1 just doesn't have the sound stage of the 2.1!!! I had the same JM Lab as front speaker, it's just the center channel that really bugs me. I don't like the way they put the voice in the center channel. I like to listen as if they talk in 3D space.
I don't listen to music!!! My system is 100% ( well 99.9% as I use music for blind testing with people, that amount to 0.1%!!!) watching tv, just network tv shows like NCIS etc. The sound is so so important that I spend all the effort on the system. It's the sound stage that I am looking for.
I find listen to conversation is even more critical on the system than music. I find human voice is harder to reproduce than any musical instruments. If you get the system right, you can hear the voice rock solid, you can understand what they say very clear. Any phase shift between the L and R will muddy up the voice and sound funny. This applies to singers. We test with singers like Dianna Krall, Andrea Bochari ( spelling). You can hear all the imperfection if anything is wrong with the system. You turn the speaker a few degrees and the sound is off. Speakers location and angle make a big difference.
Believe it or not, I was experimenting on low inductance speaker cables, I literally took apart one end of my home made speaker cable and twist the wires in a new way and it sounded very different that from DBT over the weekend, people can hear it. I am talking about same wires, same connectors, just different twist pattern of the cable!!! Mainly sounded like different phase shift like turning and moving the speakers!!! This is a learning experience to me too. Maybe I did it wrong, I should use only one speaker to test!!!