Believe me, this is not meant to be a redundant topic but I do have a question for the "new" generation concerning the topic at hand. Many moons ago speaker placement meant that they both had to be 6-8 feet apart with an inward facing posture, toward the listener. This is the way I've pretty much always done it for strickly two channel listening (with the exception of my experiement with SDA's). I see many pics now where people have their two speakers facing directly front with no inward angles towards the listener. I'm curious if this is just personal taste or instructed by the manufacturers now. I realize that most run a home theater/2 channel within the same system and that with HT the speakers face directly front, as did mine until I finally got to split my equipment up into 2 channel and a separate HT. Maybe I'm making too much of this but, like I said, am just curious. I haven't looked at a new speaker manual in around 20 years or so (the SDA's I had never came with one).
On the same note now that I have separate 2 channel back I didn't realize what I had been missing, or, what I used to have. I haven't used tone controls since I hooked it back up (in our new place) and don't need to. Bass is abundant (more so than I ever had before without tone controls) and vocals, cymbals and such are smooth and detailed. All of this in a practically bare room on a long wall. I never realized how "clutter" can screw sound up so much. In fact, today I listened to Toto IV and was blown away (again). Sometimes I think that this album should be ranked up there with Fleetwood's Rumors (some songs anyway).
Oh yes, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!