Originally Posted by Bill-99
No it's 1 foot. Why would you need finer? I mean, if it was 1 inch increments and if it really mattered, turning your head to talk to the person beside you would destroy the sound as your ears would move more than an inch?
that's more difficult than this...
for stereo music 1 to 2 inch really matter!
of course that depends on your demands and the speakers/room. You can't assume to hear such things with the speakers 1ft to the side walls and a reverb time of nearly 1s at 1kHz.
you can listen to music with a small difference, but that's sub optimal and doesn't justify the price for the equipment. If you want "high end" sound, you need exactly the same distance.
with multi channel sound it's a little bit less critical but still important. If the base is wrong, you'll never get the last percentage of perfection.
just an example: my Yamaha uses 2inch (US) or 5cm (metric) steps. This is just nearly the same, 2in are 5.08cm and not 5cm. So if a speaker is set to 200in there is no correct metric value for it with 5cm steps, either 505cm or 510cm, the AVR probably rounds to 510cm, 2cm or nearly 1in to much.
believe it or not: you can hear if you switch between inch/cm!
please don't misunderstand me
it's not about "destroying" the sound, it's about "high end" and perfection! I don't understand the people paying so much money for the electronics and don't care about the "real" problems. I have several power amps and I can't hear the difference between them but I can hear 1inch, for sure.