Like many of you, I assume, I don't have the luxury of a dedicated music listening room in my house. My audio system is located in my living room, which is about 18' by 15' with 3 doorways (double french doors in to the dining room on the north wall, a door to the front foyer in the north-east corner and a door to the hallway at the north end of the south), a fireplace on the south wall and a big bay window on the east wall. To accommodate the room layout and the furniture set up, my current speaker placement is (gasp!) not on a flat wall but on either side of the south-west corner of the room so that they project out towards the north east corner of the room. I have drawn up sketches to make this description easier but can't seem to attach them to this post - but I can email them to you if you are willing to spend a few minutes to help me out with placement!
While I may be able to change the room set up so that both speakers are on the west wall, they will never conceivably be more than a foot away from that rear wall (unless I pull them out every time I want to do some serious listening).
I have 2 questions for members here:
1) Are there high end speakers out there that are less sensitive to placement and more adept at performing in "real world" environments? Or, at some point, is it worthless for me to invest more in speakers until I have the space to actually place them ideally? FYI, I currently have ProAc Studio 140s and am thinking to upgrade to higher end full range speakers like ProAc Response D38s, Vandersteen Quatros or 5a's, Sonus Faber Luetto or Ceremona Ms, etc. Would this be a waste of money? FYI, the rest of my system consists of a Marantz 11s1 SACD player and a Simaudio Moon i-7 integrated amp, along with Cardas Golden Reference cables throughout and a Panamax power conditioner.
2) Are there any good tips/tricks to deal with speaker placement that is not ideal (i.e. way out into the room away from all the walls)?
Thanks in advance for your advice!