can someone tell me whether its best to seperaste the front left/right speakers as far apart as possible or have them a certain distance from the center? is ther an optimal distance?
i intend to wall mount them so this will be a problemLooks good, although it has compromises.
I'd move the fronts away from the corners (at least 0.5m from sides and wall).
the room isnt big enough. its not a cinema room its a lounge with a coffe table!!And I'd also move the sofa a bit into the room, centering it also (once you avoid the chopped piece of the room because you moved the sofa in). Move it so that you make an equilateral triangle as commented before.
do this even though im not moving the sofa? surely the rears should be as far behind the sofa up to an optimal length?Then the rear into the other corner of the chopped piece of the room, and the other rear symmetrically. I guess you'd get a better soundfield then.
Interesting link, I might give that a whirl
should i bring the fronts further forward from the centre?
if you have to live with those compromises, I suggest that you try to put the rears a bit forward (right rear on the other corner, left rear forward accordingly) and point them backwards, so that the sound will be reflected and scattered by the rear wall. Try it an see if it sounds better than your present setup.
As it is now, I am afraid the rears can sound too direct, drawing attention from the fronts. With the above solution, it may disperse the sound a bit like if the speakers were further away behind you.
If the speakers are rear ported, block the ports and see if the sound improves.
In any case, the symmetry is quite good, many people must live with worse situations than that