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I just setup a 5.0 system in a small bedroom, measuring 2.8m x 3.6m. Fronts are Harbeth P3s, source is a Denon 2910 universal player and Amp is a Marantz 6003.


Stereo music sounds flat and lifeless, best way to describe the feeling is that it doesn't sound "rich". Multichannel SACDs sound much better. Resolution and soundstage are there, but somehow it just feels unsatisfying listening to 2ch music.


Is it because of room acoustics? To the left of the speakers is an open bookcase, to the right are windows (closed when I'm listening). I've tried listening without curtains and the sound improved slightly. I'm seated on a 2-man sofa, with a small computer desk to my right. The floors are wooden, and the room is wall-papered. There are no room treatments.
 

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It has been my experience that your issue is the Denon. I own a 3805 and if it wasn't for the adjustable eq......I would not be able to listen to music.


For me, the Denon really shines with the following formula =


Using the Denon as a pre/pro with power amps

Using the Denon's onboard equalizer

And most importantly..........TREATING THE ROOM DOES WONDERS.



Does your Denon have an equalizer?
 

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I apologize. I just re-read your post. You're using a Denon as a transport and a Marantz receiver.


Marantz typically does music very well. I have several Marantz pieces and love them for music.
 

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I apologize. I just re-read your post. You're using a Denon as a transport and a Marantz receiver.


Marantz typically does music very well. I have several Marantz pieces and love them for music.

No problem. I don't have any idea how to start using the amp's equalizer to improve the sound though. Any suggestions?
 

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Originally Posted by red_ryder /forum/post/15514419


I just setup a 5.0 system in a small bedroom, measuring 2.8m x 3.6m. .

With all due respect you aren't going to get much out that little bit of space(without effort that is !), no matter how you cut it, it's nearfield listening, which is extremly challenging for both imaging and soundstage.


Try taming first point reflections, and the area behind your listening position. Corner Bass trapping can't hurt either.
 

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Yea I wanted to make a 3.5 x 3.5m listening room and the designer said it's not worth it. It's probably the room that needs fixing.
 

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Pull your speakers away from the front wall as much as possible, hopefully more than 2'. This helps to quell the cancellation with the front wall in the 80-240hz range.
 
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