A while back I thought I had damaged my Fxi5 surround speakers, after some checking I figured I had damaged the processor rather than the speakers. So I bought a new Emotiva pre-pro and then figured that the distortion I kept hearing was coming from the Fxi5's after all.
Using the Avia dvd, I pinpointed that the speakers were making a slight distortion sound at a certain frequency. So I finally sent the Fxi's to a Polk approved repair shop near here to get them checked out. 2 weeks later I got them back and they said that nothing was wrong with them....hmmmm.
Working 86 hours a week doesn't leave much time for music, so when I did make some time tonight for some listening, I pinpointed the problem to.... MY FREAKIN' RIGHT EAR!!
Now I knew that I had slight damage done to my eardrum when, during a walk in the forest years ago, a branch snapped back and hit my ear, it didn't go IN the ear, it just hit in such a way that it "popped" the eardrum (I had blood coming out of that ear).
I thought it had healed years ago, but I knew there was a slight problem when I'd hear distortion from applause at a live concert. But now I hear it sometimes when listening to music!!.....AHHHH the horror!!! Man this is real depressing, here I am trying to better my sound system, but how the hell am I supposed to know if I actually improved anything?
The other thread about speaker break-in has some folks talking about how we "perceive" sound. So if my perception is crap, what the hell do I have all this gear for? I may as well just sell it and get a $200 boom box....man this really sucks!
Joe (tired and depressed)