Speaker Distance Settings

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  1. TravisKH

    TravisKH Auditioning

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    Does adjusting the speaker distance on the reciever make much of a differance the more accurate it is?

    What exactly does it do to the sound as you adjust it?

    For an accurate setting should I measure from each speaker to the optimal seating position?

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  2. Jason_A

    Jason_A Stunt Coordinator

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    It will either delay the sounds or advance them. Either causing a larger soundstage or a small soundstage.

    What I have read is that the distance between the two fronts should be the distance from tv to seating area or otherwise measure from your seating area to your speakers in the front and the same with the rear.

    Jason
     
  3. Ted Lee

    Ted Lee Lead Actor

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    ideally, you want to get it as close as you can.

    heck travis, i'll make you a bet.

    i'll come over, and adjust the settings for you. i'll make rather large (and possibly inaccurate) settings.

    then i'll ask you to tell me if you hear a difference. [​IMG]

    what i'm getting at is you have to have some unbelievably amazing hearing to tell these kinds of differences.

    so, set it, then forget it.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. John S

    John S Producer

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    I'll take that bet there Ted Lee.

    I just recently moved my speakers from cieling level to ear level, it sounded really off without re-running the setup and calibrations. Like it was even bothering me profusely.
     
  5. Ted Lee

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    you're not being fair so no deal! [​IMG]

    i *do* agree that moving speakers from ceiling to ear level would make a drastic improvement.

    i've always said that one of my best tweaks ever was simply buying some speaker stands.

    now...once your used to your speaker's new position, and then want me to come over and adjust *only* the distances and delay, then i'll take you on. [​IMG]
     
  6. John S

    John S Producer

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    LOL.. I have a pretty critical ear.. Would be a fun test. We could grade each other... lol

    I have done a ton of stereo mastering in recording studios over the years, I do understand delay. I even did some Dolby 2.0 mastering, but only a few projects.

    I had actually left them not changed, thinking it would not make that much difference, but man after just a little way into a movie, I had to fix it, my significant other thought it was just fine, so your right. But she did admit the imrpovement once I was done with re-calibration.
     
  7. Ted Lee

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    ack! [​IMG]

    ted realizes john knows what the hell he's talking about and runs away ....
     
  8. John S

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    Still would be a fun test... I don't know if I trust many (if any) of the people I know to even change such settings on my receiver.... lol
     

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