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    How far should speakers be placed away from walls to eliminate smearing from early reflections?

    What is the ideal distance for speakers to be placed away from walls to eliminate the smearing effect of early reflections?

    In a perfect scenario, is the middle of the room the best place?

    Thank you

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    It is completely room dependent. See, for example, Steve Williams room where his big Wilsons are very close to the sidewalls what most would argue is a no-no, but properly treated room problem solved!
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    It depends on the dispersion pattern of the speaker, size of room and personal preference. My preference would be a somewhat nearfield setup with the speakers a good distance from any of the walls and a controlled, even and smooth dispersion pattern.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobvin View Post
    It is completely room dependent. See, for example, Steve Williams room where his big Wilsons are very close to the sidewalls what most would argue is a no-no, but properly treated room problem solved!

    I'd go with problem somewhat mitigated...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveC View Post
    I'd go with problem somewhat mitigated...
    Solved is really a better word in my room. There are no side reflections. Having said that I agree that in a perfect world with a large room these issues are easily controlled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobvin View Post
    It is completely room dependent. See, for example, Steve Williams room where his big Wilsons are very close to the sidewalls what most would argue is a no-no, but properly treated room problem solved!
    Obviously I haven't heard his setup, but doesn't killing that stuff off make the room sound dead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by caesar View Post
    Obviously I haven't heard his setup, but doesn't killing that stuff off make the room sound dead?
    Not at all

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    Caesar

    Before you start making assertions about a dead room I suggest you listen and then comment.

    The same acoustician who did my room did Bobs. Two different designs with two excellent results
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Williams View Post
    Caesar

    Before you start making assertions about a dead room I suggest you listen and then comment.

    The same acoustician who did my room did Bobs. Two different designs with two excellent results
    Steve, I am not making any assertion. As I mentioned above, I have not heard every single implementation. But so many guys recommend absorption- which in my experience kills the fun.

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    Anyways, is there an ideal distance away from the walls for one not having to deal with this problem?

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