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Our goal is to deliver a true high fidelity experience in your room quickly and easily.
This will avoid frustration and unnecessary furniture movement. Virtually any room can
produce good sound with the right setup. The following diagrams will assist you in
achieving optimal sound performance.
BASIC SETUP RULESStrong reflections foul the soundstage and upset tonal balance and must be avoided whether from the front, side or rear wall. This can be accomplished by moving the speakers away from the walls and/or putting something on the walls, bookshelf, tapestry, plant etc. to break up the reflecting wave. Toe-in can also be used. Once the reflected waves are in balance the soundstage will become very well defined with excellent depth and focus. Bass becomes stronger and usually less well defined as the speakers are moved toward the walls and corners. As they are moved toward the listening position, these tendencies are reversed. Changes of as little as several inches can produce dramatically different results. Your room is unique. The key to success is experimentation and simplicity.
WHY THE EXAMPLES WORK1. This large rectangular room with no obstructions allows the speakers to be moved well away from the front and side walls and the listening seat is well forward of the rear wall. The reflections are weak and well delayed relative to the direct wave.
2a. Typical apartment setups can be done like this or as per 2b. The speakers have plenty of air and the right side wall is treated in some fashion.
2b. This setup quite a bit of air but requires a large amount of sound absorbent material behind the listeners head to damp the reflected rear wave.
3. Going diagonally across a room breaks up the reflections and gives an excellent soundstage in what otherwise would be a very compromised installation. No wall treatment was used but the speakers were toed in.
4. Placed on either side of a large opening into another room, depth of soundstage is excellent due to a weak front reflection and room re-arrangement is minimal. Side walls need some treatment (plant and bookcase, etc.).
5. If you are set up well for stereo, you can be just as well set up for home theater if you can locate the rear speakers behind and off to the side of the seating position. The object here is to create an enveloping soundfield as opposed to being blasted with noise from the four corners of the room. Helpful, expert advice is only as far away as your telephone, fax or computer keyboard. You know your room and we know our loudspeakers. Letís talk!
SUGGESTED HOME THEATRE SYSTEMSFor a world-class home theatre system depending on the room, one of the following configurations should be ideal:
MEDIUM TO LARGE ROOMS
1. 4 x R630 (add a first-class sub-woofer)
2. 2 x R645 up front
2 x R630 in the rear
(add a first-class sub-woofer for the bottom half octave)
SMALL TO MEDIUM ROOMS
1. 2 x R630 and sub-woofer
2 x R58
2. 4 x R58 and sub-woofer
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