ive just finished my first set of volt 8s for surround side duties. I have always had dipole speakers so a very diffused sound, never had direct radiating speakers before. They are mounted each side of the listening position around 600mm higher than ear level. My room is only 3.2 m wide so your around 1.2 m from a speaker. They are the slanted front ones. Anyhow I set them up with my auto set up on my Arcam AV888 and played some clips I know and they were very loud and distracting, I got my SPL meter out and the levels were correct? Even when sat at the front of the room listening to the white noise from each speaker the volt 8 seemed really loud. I listened to some music concerts which are in dts and know well and instead of adding a bit of depth to the track it totally destroyed the front sound stage as if the volts were equal to the front speakers. In the end I've had to turn each one down by 2-3db and they sound great now, but before they were so loud....why would this be?