Acoustic treatment? Have you tried sitting on the floor?
Had some time on my hands recently, and have been fettling a lot with my system. I have spent no money, just prodding and moving, screwing around with settings etc. I tweaked the eq, moved the speakers further from the wall and moved away from Airplay (only for serious listens*, for casual listens Airplay can’t be beaten in a single room setup). The strangest improvement however was by sitting on the floor.
I think the reasons for this are two fold. Firstly, I believe the BR5’s height is not ideal for me. My sofa is rather high, so the tweeters are about 8-10 inches below my ears level. I would like to have bought some short stands, but cash is pretty tight right now.
I sat directly in front of my sofa leaning my back against it , so my listening position drops by a foot and is moved forward a foot. I toed in the speakers a bit more to maintain the focal point of the triangle. This means my ear height is pretty much bang on with the tweeter now. The difference in high end and sound stage is quite profound. huge even. Staved off any power amp upgrade urges for the time being. Don’t think it was the ear height that caused this large difference though.
I think what has happened, is I have unwittingly acoustically treated my room. I often wondered about reflections, as I could never quite get happy with my speaker positions. I knew my system was capable of more, I just assumed it was the compromise of my living space. My sofa is flat against a back wall, as its rented and I live with my girlfriend there is no reasonable way I could expect to acoustically treat this wall without mahoosive lined canvas prints that I could not afford. Now however, instead of a reflective surface behind me, I have a vast expanse of sofa back, and it seems to be working wonders.
Not sure how I will adapt this information in the long term, but for the time being I am happy sat on the floor tethered to my amp by a Thunderbolt/HDMI cable. With a nice cushion its quite comfortable for an hour or so, normally I wouldn't have longer than that to my self in the evening anyway.
Anyone else fancy trying this?
*I would define a serious listen as only listening to music, not listening and doing something else at the same time. You wouldn't normally catch me with my eyes closed ‘considering’ the music, bearded chin** gently resting on clenched fist
**I don’t even have a beard, I just imagine its part of the serious audiophile uniform