Very interesting topic you have here. I guess each speaker placement method has its strong points and weakneses, soundwise.
But, what if
there was a method we could use that does result in better bass (both in extension and definition), better imaging (as in distintion/focus and palpability of recorded sound sources) better soundstage (both width and depth), better, well, everything actually? And what if this method demanded next to nothing, on behalf of the listener, with respect to expenses and time devoted?
The guys over at ambiophonics seem to have a decent answer to the problem defined as "OK, I got the best speakers my money could buy, now where do I place them?" Separating the two chanels is key, they say. Let each ear have access to its respective speaker only
. When crosstalk distortion
is removed, the listening experience goes up to a whole new level.
The method, in short: put your speakers close together, raise a barier between them, and then simply sit down to have a listen.
This principle, although rather simplified, is very easy to implement, unless your speakers weigh a ton - then you'll need help to move them. And, its cost-free to try - everybody has a matress he can do without for a couple of hours, right?
Obviously, all other aspects of quality audio reproduction remain unchanged: big listening room is good (check out the huge space with the electrostatics, in their website's main page), speakers out in the room and away from walls also, reverberation control is welcome, diffusion too. Also, ambio folks say directional speakers are better suited for the job. But, the good thing is, YOU can try this at home, for nothing except for the time to set up the system in Ambio mode. Maybe at the expence of a sore back
Forum member Flavio81 allready tried this, with reportedly great results. See:http://www.vinylengine.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=33006
If you do try the Ambio way but you do not go "WOA this sounds GOOOOOD", then I'm bying drinks next time you visit Greece. If you DO like it, then, why not have a wee dram for Mr.Glasgal and the lads at ambiophonics.org
I can tell you, I did try it and this change in my system I will not undo. And, again no, the barier does not kill the soundstage...
PS. Mr Ando is popular both with the ambio guys and with revered member Claus R., posting in this trhead. Reading does pay, it seems!
PS2. I bet the house mistress would be thriled if you decided to forgo the 10-foot-or more Equi-triangle set up and the wires that get in the way of the pooch snooping around...
...then again, better provide for a removable barrier, or else...