I helped out a customer with a existing system he already owned. He moved from one house to another. His new room for his system is smaller and now has hard wood floors instead of carpet.
He has a full set of 100th anniversary Denon 2 channel gear with a nice pair of Magnepan 3.6's in oak and off white finish. This system is wired with a few different kinds of wire in Kimber Kable , Analysis Plus and a few others I never heard of before.
After I got everything connected , I sat down and listened to a CD on his 100th anniversary Denon Universal CD player . The first thing I noticed is it sounded very thin and lifeless. I turned everything off , checked all connections and started tweaking my speaker position. I got a very good toe in , excellent tweeter placement with them being on the inside due to short placement issues and distance from speaker to seating. I have about 3 feet from the back wall and 2 feet from the left side wall. The right speaker I had a hallway so no boundry gains to worry about.
I sat back down and listened again. Still sounded thin and very non dynamic. I turned up the volume to try and bring the Denon to life but still nothing. At this point I'm assuming the Denon just doesn't have enough current to push the speakers correctly. Not to mention the room is about 14 wide by 12 deep. The system is set up on the 14 wide wall so depth is an issue for these speakers. I also got to consider more efficient speakers.
I talked to the system owner and told him it would be a good idea to sell these speakers and think about a more near field performing speaker. Maybe a killer set of 2 way bookshelf speakers on stands with a awesome sub or a nice smaller pair of floor standing speakers with a sub as well. He asked about the Magnepan 1.7's which he heard in our store on the Pioneer Elite SC-68 running the internal Dac and computer music. What's funny about that setup is he has heard the 1.7's at other places with higher end gear and said they sounded better on the Pioneer then everything else he has heard. He said" I didn't even really care for the 1.7's and thought my 3.6's where a way better speaker everywhere". "Now that I have heard them on this Pioneer , I can't believe how good they sound". "That is a A/V receiver right?". I smiled in our store and showed him that we where wired to it and now to a secret stack of amps. He liked the sound so much he wanted to buy the 1.7's. Well back in his room I told him "yes the 1.7's would probably work slightly better in this room but still not a great location for them. They will have the same issues the 3.6's will have. Not to mention the 3.6's are a better sounding speaker IMO".
So today I'm gonna go over our speaker inventory and see if I can come up with a suitable solution to his small room problem. He mentioned he listened to the Definitive Technology Mythos STS and both him and his wife liked them. As good as they are I'm not really sure it's the right move for him. Yes they are fantastic but he's got 3.6's which IMO are a better musical speaker just not in that room. I might have to bring over a few different things to see what I can get to sound right. I have a Killer pair of Revel M106 Bookshelf speakers that I'm think might be the magic. I also have a killer pair of Ultimate foundations loaded with lead that I think will really rock him. I also have a very nice Velodyne MiniV that would fill out the bottom end. We are also picking up REL which is a huge bonus for me as I love REL subs. I also think they are slightly more musical then the Matching Velodyne's. Not by much but they seem to blend in just a tad bit better. For theater they lack and the Velodyne's are a much better double duty sub but in this system I think one just might be the exact piece I need to surpass the sound of the 3.6's and knock his socks off.