Originally Posted by PrestigeAudio
I love solving interesting systems like this and enjoy the challenge!
Some quick questions to better understand you and your listening habits...
- Maximum dimensions of the space the speaker is going: Height, width, depth of the shelf?
It's just a rectangular room in a moderate sized, 2 bedroom apartment, all the ceilings are 9 feet. The main living room-dining room is about 12 feet wide and 24 feet long. It's not going to be possible to get speakers more than about 6-8 inches away from the wall as that would use up too much space and leave no room to get the couch away from the wall (to avoid bass resonance).
What volume will you be listening at? Low, medium, high?
85 decibels maximum. More like 55-65 average.
- What related electronics do you have? Band/model? How old?
I have a Yamaha RX-V377, a Yamaha subwoofer (I think it is 8 or 10 inches), a Chinese Android box, and an XBox 360.
- What is your source? Do you wirelessly stream? CDs, Alexa, Google?
I use Spotify, Youtube, or Netflix, or stream movies or music wirelessly from a network server through the Android box, which connects to my receiver through an optical cable. I have some CD's but I don't play them in the living room, I rip them to FLAC and then store the CD's.
Mostly, I listen to classical, easy listening, electronic music, vocals, background music. My S.O. has eclectic tastes and that's influenced me as well.
Originally Posted by RayGuy
The relative position of the speakers in the room and to the seating area has a huge effect on the soundstage that is presented. Most speakers like to be out in the open (on stands) and away from walls/shelves/boundaries of any kind. Clearly, given the positioning you describe, you will always have a compromised sound. Upgrading the speakers may be of benefit, but upgrading the positioning would probably give you the most improvement.
It is a compromise, but then again it is a small apartment. I have headphones if I need to critically listen to music. The only change I could make in the setup would be to move the listening area to in front of the sliding glass door, facing outside. But that would leave alot of space in the rear as it goes into the dining area and the area we have our printer on a low bookshelf.
Klipsch were mentioned and that is actually something I am curious about.
What I really want are speakers that are good for casual listening and that people can sit in different positions and still get acceptable stereo imaging. The Sony SS MB150H's don't do that, they are beamy. Bose seems OK though the 301's rear tweeters seem like a bit of a waste because the rear firing tweeters are somewhat obstructed and the room positioning cannot be ideal.