Originally Posted by Wags13604 /t/1470425/what-did-i-do-wrongggg#post_23256243
I bought some Cambridge S30's and put them on stands and have them powered by Onkyo TX-8050. They are in a medium sized bedroom. I got them set up yesterday and at first I was pretty happy but they are giving me the most terrible headache. I can't listen to them for long without getting a terrible earache. And at not even loud volumes. I don't know if they are too bright or if I'm not powering them correctly or don't have them set up in my room in the right place but I'm wondering if I maybe just have pathetic and sensitive ears because I understand these are quality speakers that don't distort or give out sound harsh on the ol' lobes.
What can be done? I feel like returning them.
Fix the room and where you have the speakers in the room. Even the first reply you got has valuable suggestions in it.
Too bad you didn't explore other options to the 8050 and didn't get the usual 5.1 AVR automated system optimization facilities (Audyssey, YPAO, MCACC). My reading of the owner's manual finds not even a workable multiband equalizer.
Your most reasonable options in this area probably involve starting over with a modern 5.1 AVR. This would allow better matching your speakers to the room.
First off, carefully evaluate the speakers using the highest quality CDs of music that you like that you can find. Other sources of the same songs may have questionable sonics.
Secondly, study up on loudspeaker positioning and room acoustics by looking a the various threads and stickys on AVS.