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Search AC for Master Set.
Search AC for Master Set. I have tried it, works pretty good. You gotta use your ears, and a lot of listening and moving. Movements as small as 1/8" are easily audible. The end result was very cool, and very educational. If nothing else you will learn what a big difference speaker position can make. Ten you can start to learn how to do it in a way that works for you and your speakers. Supposedly there is a DVD coming out on how to do the Master Set procedure sometimes this fall. I hope it is still on track. Another good speaker locating instruction is in the new book by Jim Smith "Get Better Sound." You can also google 'Wilson Audio speaker placement' (wasp) to find out how they do it. It's all by ear. RPG makes a program that will input the room dimensions, speaker type, etc and spit out the optimum location for speakers in standard rectangular rooms. I have not tried it, costs about $100, I think? Phase accuracy in higher frequencies is good for imaging, but at what cost? Flat smooth bass is much more important to the overall presentation and satisfaction of music listening than acoustic tricks like imaging. Live music doesn't "image." Get the speakers and chair setup to play MUSIC not sound effects and then your acoustic fetishes and anxiety will fade away, along with gear churn. Place the speakers for flat bass first, verify with a computer if you want, but the ears rule. Then treat the walls for mids to taste. The placement of the listening chair is just as important if not even more than the speakers. Floyd Toole's excellent new book, "Sound Reproduction" talks about speaker placement, and a LOT of other goodies.Setting up speakers takes a long time, is hard work and requires a good ear and some good test tracks. But it is the most important step in building a great system.
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