Originally Posted by dizzyorange
Sometimes speakers sound a little disjointed, like the sound is coming from two or three places.
I usually get that from headphones and IEMs - you hear a very strong Left, Center, and Right, with weak sound between L-C and C-R. If speakers sound like that chances are you might be sitting too close or they aren't set-up with enough toe-in.
If however you actually mean more along the lines of "cymbals way up there above the tweeter, vocals somewhere, and bass near the floor," that's because the sound from each speaker isn't properly aligned to your ears. The worst example of something like this is in a car where the vocals tend to be off to one side since you're nearer to the tweeter and midwoofer on that side, and if you use the L-R balance control instead of real time delay in dedicated processors, the vocals will move closer to the center of the dash, but the soundstage will seem "bigger" or more "in your face" on the louder side. In a speaker set-up at home, as described above, it's the same problem as in the first paragraph - you're sitting too close to the speakers. I once picked up Wharfedale 8.4's to get more bass for metal, but my room was too small - with less than 7ft between me and the center of the speakers, and them about 5ft apart - I get that problem where each instrument seems to be coming from a higher or lower point. I just convinced myselft it's "front row" - enough you hear the bass drum from a drastically different point in the Y-axis vs the cymbals. When I switched to Wharfedale Pacific Pi10s, 6" midwoofers with more bass and also tweeters that can be toed-in separate from the cabinet, I was very happy until I moved out of that dorm after college and found out the house I basically inherited (and grew up in) just sucked in acoustic terms.