I tried to position my speakers multiple times, but I can't get it to sound quite right. They are 1 feet away from the rear wall, but approximately 10-12 feet from the side walls! No way I can get around this... this is the only place where they can be. They are toed-in, 8 feet apart and 8 feet from the listening position.
It does sound precise: On good quality recording, I can "position" some instruments on a virtual stage, but something's lacking in the sound quality department (e.g. some frequencies are muffled, bass isn't as great as it could/should, etc.). I know LSi7 aren't high-end speakers, but I know they should sound better than they do, and it's probably because of improper placement, room reflections, room size and such.
Also, my room is perhaps way too big for my small speakers (450 square feet L shaped room). Think of it as a L shaped room where my listening area is at one end, and the kitchen / dinning room at the other end. I cannot get any kind of room treatment for practical reasons : lack of space, WAF, money consideration and the fact that we'll probably be moving a few times in the next 3 or 4 years.
I plan on buying a microphone (MiniDSP Umik-1) and trying to do some kind of auto-EQ/ digital room correction (I use JRiver on my HTPC). However, I have no idea of what kind of improvement I would get from this. Would it be a total waste of 100$ (for the microphone, that is)? Anyone was able to get satisfactory results despite a less than ideal room?
Thanks a lot for your time,