Not enough right/left speaker distinction

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  1. Larry*S

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    Hi,

    my room is about 17 ft long, by about 9 feet wide.
    The screen is on the 9 ft wall. The r/l speakers are on either side of the screen. Problem is, the speakers must be too close together, not giving a great r/l distinction in surround. They are as far apart as the room allows. will moving them closer to where we are seated (or further from the screen) enhance the R/L ? if so, how far away, or how much in front of the screen can the front speakers be without screwing up the sound?

    larry
     
  2. NickSo

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    Try moving them closer to you...

    Im not sure if the same would apply to HT, but for music, its a basic generic rule that the two speakers and you should form an equilateral triangle, for optimal speaker placement.

    Moving them closer to you will probably widen the soundstage than if they were farther away...
     
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    I'll bet it's more room acoustics problems that is screwing up the imaging. Try moving them around a little bit though too. how is the imaging between the speaker though?
     
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    Ideally a 45-60 degree angle from your listening position between the two front speakers is desired. Move them to achieve this angle.
     
  5. luke_ha

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    also does the room have bare walls or do you have book cases or cloth or something on them. The echo can really screw up direction when i listen to a movie in a room with bare walls.
     
  6. Jason GT

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    Larry, do you get any image at all?

    For a stereo pair the simplest test is to take a recording which you know has a strong center image. If that image isn't "there" your speakers may be wired out of phase.

    Some calibration discs will also have utilities that allow you to check for speaker phase.
     

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