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Q: The usual speaker placement principle somehow does not seem to fit my Maximus-Monitor system. Is there any basic rule that I can follow to achieve proper placement for the Mark & Daniel speakersú┐
A: No two listening rooms would have identical acoustic characteristics. The rule of thumb is experiment, experiment. However, from our experience, we have some guidelines that might help:
One unique feature of the Mark & Daniel speakers is that they are all suitable for near-field listening, just like the monitoring speakers specially designed for recording studios. By placing the two speakers closer to you than most hi-fi speakers, the spaciousness and depth of sound stage, as well as holographic precision may be optimized.
A quick start to placement is simply aligning the left and right speakers to form an equilateral triangle with your listening position. You might want to mark these positions before you make subsequent adjustments.
Then, experiment with moving the triangle back and forth a few inches at a time, even expanding or contracting it in proportion to room measurement, to locate the sweet spot of your listening room.
Placing speakers closer to the back wall in order to get stronger bass is not necessary for any Mark & Daniel models because the woofers are designed to deliver sufficient LF response and excellent Q-control.
It is also not necessary to toe-in the speakers directly pointing to your listening position. That might result in undesirably overpowering HF response, distorting the frequency coherence and linearity. Start with minimal or moderate toe-in angle and then fine-adjust to your satisfaction.
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