Originally Posted by Draden1
Interesting, are vocals clear (sound like they should) or does everything sound it’s drenched in reverb? Either way, I’d say trust your ears, listen whichever way you enjoy more. You are describing what stereo should sound like, it being centered between the 2 speakers.
As for why it’s happening, the music gods want you to pull your hair out giving you another thing to have to mess with!
With a single speaker polarity inverted the vocals sound a bit more clear to me, but neither sound abnormal... just more spread out with the single polarity inverted speaker. For both sound is "Centered" but, for instance, on The XX Crystalized - there is male and female vocalist singing in turn.
In my "standard" config - they both sound like they are singing from close to center, however with the single polarity reversed they sound like they are singing from left or right significantly more, which is actually how it sounded long ago (before I had to have my AVR repaired) and how I have heard it sound on other systems as well.
I may have to go through all my cabling... over time I have moved stuff I wonder if some how something is actually wired in reverse.
As I get closer to my treatments being finalized Im re-wiring everything anyway.
Im kind of thinking that since I lose about 6db with the single polarity reversed speaker and some noticeable mid bass reduction that I have the speakers wired correctly as I have read that adding a second speaker will result in a 6db volume increase, and Im reading the bass reduction as phase cancellation from having the reversed polarity, but I do like how much more airy and spread the sound stage is.