I realized that my living room, where I had my stereo set up, had far from ideal acoustics. I had issues with bass in particular due to the strange shape of the room and varying heights of the ceiling. Now that I've moved my stereo into a different room I'm beginning to realize just how much of an impact the room had.
The new room is smaller, and my listening position is almost near field, but my kit sounds so much better, Much more open, better soundstaging, more immersive and more detailed. Being a small room there are still some bass issues with a slight booming/thickening around a certain frequency band, but overall it sounds like a completely different stereo :rockout:
Is it sad that a serious consideration of the potential listening space will play a big role in the selection of where I next live? Probably easier to get away with than comvicing my wife to let me use acoustic treatment for our small living/dining room/kitchen.