Listening - where do you stand?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Chris Schoen, Apr 1, 2007.

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  1. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Germantown, Md.
    We all have our "listening setup" - mine is in my finished basement, in stereo
    (it is "substantial") and there is the "sweet spot", where you can get the
    "full stereo" effect - But I like to stand closer to the right channel speaker
    when really getting into listening to something. Maybe I just like the stuff that
    is usually mixed to the right, I don't know. Also turning music up and listening
    in another part of the house sometimes improves the sound, especially c.d.s.
    How do you listen to music?
  2. Doug Sclar

    Doug Sclar Forum Legend

    The OC
    Always in the sweet spot for me when I'm listening to my main system. I can't wander more than an inch or two until the image loses it's front to back depth as well as it's soundstage definition.
  3. teaser5

    teaser5 Cool Rockin' Daddy

    The DMV
    I sit. I find the lower I get the better it sounds. Just me maybe although I have read that's there's some substance to this.
  4. QuestionMark?

    QuestionMark? Forum Resident

    Funny you should ask this now because I was just thinking about this. In the last week or so, I have been sitting by my left speaker and subwoofer so that I could use an electrical outlet while I listened to music. I turned the volume down by about a third or a half, and to my surprise I have really enjoyed the sound I'm hearing. Just the left channel and sub and whatever I'm hearing from the right channel, which can't be too much. I know it sounds crazy, but at the lower volume and the bassier tone, it has had me rethinking my whole sweet spot and volume level philosophy for maximum enjoyment.
  5. My favorite way is to sit in my chair with my back to my speaker cabinets, centered. Most of the time anyway. I get the best effect of channel separation best this way. I like when the vocalist sounds like he/she is directly behind me.
    Otherwise I sit about 10 feet from my speakers, facing them, centered again.
  6. Drifter

    Drifter AD survivor

    Vancouver, BC, CA
    I sit.

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  7. bhazen

    bhazen Re: Member

    Newcastle, WA
    I usually listen while moving about my gaff, sometimes making coffee (an obsession) in different ways in the kitchen; sometimes typing palpable nonsense to the SH Forum on my iBook at my dining table (which is really my desk, now); rarely at the stereo "sweet spot" on my couch. I'm really a candidate for omnidirectional speakers - I wish there were some affordable Shahinian Obelisk-type speakers.
  8. Grant

    Grant A Musical Free-Spirit

    Well, I like to sit down-in the sweet spot right between the two speakers. I hate listening in another room. The sound is all thrown off including the frequency response, due to the unbalanced defraction from hard surfaces, time delay, and all that other stuff.
  9. Casino

    Casino New Member

    Not fussy for casual listening, but sit in the "sweet spot" midway between L&R for critical listening. But that's basically for the best frequency and tonal balance. Unless I'm listening to Classical, I don't pay a lot of attention to "imaging and soundstage."

    (Unless it's really bad, of course, like some old crappy reprocessed stereo with the voices on the L and the music on the R. That's hard to listen to no matter where I am in the room...)
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