I know speakers need their space from walls and reflective surfaces, but do they need space from absorbant acoustic panels? The reason why I ask is because I made some freestanding acoustic panels and find that they absorb the sound better when they are right up to the side of the speaker. They cut down the angle of reflection from the side of the speaker and absorb more sound waves (at least that's my explanation). So do you see any theoretical problem with placing acoustic panels up against speakers? Will this limit the soundstage at all?