Well, no. Of course it's not the same thing. (And don't question the rest of the frequency range below 2500Hz as important. Of course it is! ) Like I said, if I had a FA or fully adjustable, it might be a very different experience in my space.Aiming the tweeters is not the same as aiming the whole speaker. The tweeters are only above 2500hz or so which means you are missing a lot of the (important?) frequency range.
From your reading aiming just the tweeters adversely affects the overall sound quality? It might be for some. But from my own personal experience, that is not the case. I don't think that is universal.Also from my reading aiming just the tweeters adversely the effects the overall sound quality too. So I hate to say this but your tests are not valid in this instance.
Mine are slightly inboard of the mains by a few inches thanks to joists - it was that or way outboard, so I went with the lesser of two evils. Fronts are at 45 degrees, rears are not - they are a little closer in, but well within the Dolby specification. It was a compromise between perfect angle and approaching a boundary.Also where were the speakers located in relation to the listener/Dolby guidelines ? Mine were at exactly 45 deg forward and back and in line with Front L&R as per Dolby.
Same, only driving the heights to test.My testing was done with just the 4 height speakers active. The only issue would be that they are bookshelf and not in-ceiling so you would expect the dispersion pattern to not be as uniform but they still have 90 deg dispersion on the horizontal plane and they were rotated so that plane was aligned with the MLP.
I don't doubt it for your situation. Probably mine would too, but I'm going to start sounding like a broken record soon. Still, aesthetically - no thanks. I'm willing to sacrifice some of that quality for the aesthetic. And it's still a great experience, so can't complain really. It could be worse!Aimed straight down the sound was really good and anybody listening to it like that would be impressed.
Aimed at the listener was so much better - much more detail and clarity which is exactly as you would expect considering you are 45 deg off axis for one set and absolutely on-axis for the other.
My Paradigms as primary mains are toed in, just a bit, maybe 5-10 degrees tops. And although I don't use them as mains, my Totems when used as such in experiments didn't seem to require toe-in, at least I couldn't really perceive differences in my space. And I'm trying to optimize things across 3 positions as it is typical for me to occupy not MLP. Sometimes, yes, but often I'm in one of the side seats. I do get your point, it's a very good one, but our experiences based on the gear that we each have, are different. Honestly, the Totems probably edge out the Paradigms in general, but I can't use the Paradigms as surrounds, so too late.Assuming you are sitting with your Front L&R speakers at the recommended 30deg, would you toe them in 30 deg to point at you or turn then 15deg AWAY from you ? Thats exactly the difference between down-firing and aimed ceiling speakers. I rest my case