The sound coming from a pair of speakers should create a 3D sound stage whereby you shouldn't be able to tell where the speakers are. The speakers should 'disappear' and you should be able to place where the different instruments and singer(s) are on the 'stage' as if they are a live band in the room. Speakers should be able to give you a picture of where the sounds are and how far away they are.
Imagine someone talking to you at the same time as walking around a room. Good speakers set up properly should convey the position of the person walking.
Seeing the drivers are a distraction.
You're looking too deep into this with the level of equipment you have. All you are looking for from your hifi setup is a sound that is pleasing to you .. not too focused.. and plays what you likeWhile i agree with what you say, with certain recordings i get this effect more than others. What i fail to understand is that music is recorded in stereo to give a left and right otherwise wouldn't it be mono if both speakers were producing the same sound to give a 3D effect or am i missing something here
As far as source amplification goes, do you think that the Dali Opticon 2's are suited to the Marantz PM7200 i have?You're looking too deep into this with the level of equipment you have. All you are looking for from your hifi setup is a sound that is pleasing to you .. not too focused.. and plays what you like
If the speaker sounds better with covers on.. leave em on.. if they sound better off .. leave them off.. if they sound better on but look better off.. then flip a coin
Slight positioning and moving of speakers to get that stereo sweetspot if you have a fixed listening area... is about all that you need to worry about.
The speakers are placed in a fashion that you are smack bang in the middle of them .. with a slight toe in/out to adjust.. you are looking for the treble/bass to cross your seated position at the same point