The perfect spot
Your seating position is compromised. If you've done your system setup homework your chair sits at a comfortable distance from the loudspeakers. With the precision of a ruler, you've tweaked and adjusted the speaker's position for best imaging. Though we call it the sweet spot, it's certainly not the perfect spot. Within the boundaries of most rooms, the perfect spot cannot be attained because of our old nemesis, bass. If we could see sound we'd be rather shocked at how low frequencies bunch together like an angry sea of waves and throughs. Not far from your sweet spot bass notes boom. Move in the opposite direction and we hardly hear any low-frequency energy. The perfect spot is where compromise negotiates a truce with boundary limitations. Which is why we call our listening position sweet rather than perfect.
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