The whole thing with speaker set-ups is the room. There has always been nice rooms treatments in the best stereos I have heard. You are basically given a hit or miss by the rooms and can change it to tailor it to your stereo.
Basically no mater what 2 channel or 2.1 channel system you buy it will not sound right till the room is right. The authority I talk about will not be present until the room is right. This is the main reason a stereo sounds great at the shop and bad at home.
Going to a small club like the Viper Room sounds great because the PA is overkill and not struggling to fill the room with loudness.
The best part of headphones is there is no worry about room treatments. I have seen 1/4 of a rigs expense needed for room dampening if the owner was unlucky enough to get a live room on a second floor with wood floors. It can really take the PRaT out of a perfect rig set up.
Folks go and spend $1000s of dollars on equipment when their room is shat!
Fist the stereo must be the right size for the room. Too big of speakers for the room and you don't get the sound-stage. Too small stereo for the room and the rig sounds weak because it is not filling the space with sound.
Second if the room has unwanted reflections (echos) it will destroy your sonic authority. That is why you will see mega bucks spent by some folks who by luck ended up with their rigs in a too live of room.
I have seen the best PRaT with cement floors with a layer of carpet. Obviously if you have a bass shy stereo it could benefit by the body and color added by wood suspended floors. Still your best timing is going to be with a dead room on cement. Enough stuff around the room to absorb the reflections and a floor that does not resonate.
The speakers have to be on stands so that no resonance goes down to the floor and they can project for themselves being both isolated at at the correct listening level for your ears. The speakers have to be the correct distance from the wall. The whole thing with bass response sub or no sub is a direct result of how far the two speakers are from the wall and their angle in relation to the wall. The way you do it is keep listening and moving the speakers keeping you listening point the same.You move the speakers farther apart and closer together as well as close to the wall and farther forward from the wall. This process always takes a full day, maybe more to get right. This completely changes the sound.
Placement can not be under stressed here! Placement Placement.........
Placement. You have to find a way to get the optimum sound-stage by placing the speakers far enough apart for the drive of the amp and dispersion of the sound coming from the speakers.
There is really no correct way in the end as far as toe in on speakers go. Some systems are put together for maximum sound dispersion by having the speakers parallel to the back wall. Though most of the time a toe in will greatly enhance the listening experience. Every system is different and needs it's own speaker placement.
These three things are paramount and with effect any metal stereo regardless of investment. It is all about letting the room give you the sonic authority.
Edited by Redcarmoose - 8/11/14 at 9:43pm