How do you position two pairs of speakers when comparing?

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  1. Ted Lee

    Ted Lee Lead Actor

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    hi all -

    i was discussing this with my friend, but neither of us were really sure.

    let's say you're comparing two speakers side by side. do you position them like this:

    A / B -- A / B

    or like this:

    A / B -- B / A

    i'm thinking the first setup, but can't really give a good reason why. just seems to make more sense. if you did the second setup i feel it would create a false sense of spaciousness since the speakers are farther apart?

    thx,

    ted
     
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    A/B - B/A then B/A - A/B [​IMG]
    Last audition we did at my place, we just swapped them out, leaving the stands in the same place, roughly keeping the speakers in the same place/orientation.
    Check the music section, I have a question about the new TCM and Orbital CDs. [​IMG]
     
  3. Ted Lee

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    well heck john! that would make wayyy too much sense. [​IMG] off to music i go...
     
  4. Rob Rodier

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    I would suggest setting one pair of speakers up at a time in its optimized position. Then swapping them out and re-positioning. This is what almost all high end dealers do.

    Looking back at it that is pretty much what John suggested, sorry

    -rob
     
  5. Ted Lee

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    by the time i listened to one pair, swapped them out then listened to another pair, i'd be hard-pressed to precisely recall what the first pair sounded like! unfortunately i've got copper ears.

    by having them side-by-side i can do a faster A/B type comparison.

    once i had a specific model in mind, i would certainly do a demo on an individual basis.
     
  6. Chu Gai

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    Well I'd want to compare them each in as optimum a position as possible. Then maybe take notes of my impressions. I think any kind of side by side is going to result in serious compromises to both sets.
     

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