I've been living in my current place for nearly a year, but I've never really been able to take the time to find the right setup for my Rti 10's for two-channel listening. Finally, tonight I sat down with a crapload of music and found the elusive spot for my right speaker to finally get the imaging I wanted. It was a lot of fun. It just goes to show how speakers can sound when you give them the right tender, loving care. After upgrading to a B&K 507, Audioquest CV-8 cable, and Panamax 5500 EX line conditioner, I finally have the best sound I can afford, until I can save up enough to welcome Vienna Acoustics Beethoven Baby Grands into my home.
Even though I work around Sonus Faber, Vienna Acoustics, Martin Logan, and M&K speakers all day, I'm still impressed with the results I can get from the Polks at home. The sound truly came alive tonight, and the speakers finally disappeared to give me a great soundstage. Here's a sample of what I listened to with the new setup:
-House of the Rising Sun (new SACD remaster)
Credence Clearwater Revival
-I Put a Spell On You
-Long As I Can See The Light
Blue Oyster Cult
-Don't Fear the Reaper
Fleetwood Mac-The Dance
and for a bit of opera
Vocals were superb, coming right from the center and sounding very present and clear, and overall detail was very good.
Obviously I'm not comparing the Polks to Vienna/Sonus Faber or anything, but I'm really happy with what I can achieve at home with what I have. Thought I'd share my experiences.
My next upgrade: A Marantz SA8260 CD/SACD player (I can get it for 60% off).