treitz3 wrote:Hello, jackfish. While you have the best case scenario [flipping the second speaker upside down and having a matched set of speakers], the images are still skewed and lobing is still apparent and audible. For some listeners, this is acceptable and in some cases I have experienced, preferred. That said, once I learned what lobing was and how it affected the sound stage and imaging, I determined it was not for me. The issue was solved by going down to one set of mains. I guess it all depends where we are at along our audio journey.
It is my wish not to challenge anyone's POV, I was just offering my own experience to the OP. Perhaps my bar for precise imaging and sound stage locational cues are set too high.
Sorry, but lobing, comb filtering or phase issues are not apparent, audible, or even measured for that matter
, in a discreet listening position. If one can accept being restricted to that "sweetspot" while listening, the imaging and soundstage are excellent. In a large room, once one is beyond the nearfield, these phase effects are also less apparent. This is of course my experience with only the setup previously described and depicted.