When my components are clearly in phase, as determined by the usual test (base sounds clearer and louder, and a single voice track - news podcast - sounds better, deeper and richer), my imaging and overall sound is not nearly as well defined and nice!
When I put my speakers out of phase, I notice an immediate improvement in everything, except that I lose a little bass clarity and volume, as per what you would expect.
But when I switch them back to being in phase, according to the bass and vocal test, which now seem good on their own, the whole sound seems flat, and not nearly as spacious and well imaged.
This is not supposed to happen, from all I've read.
Help! What's up with this?