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Speaker levels and balance

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by MJeeves, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. MJeeves

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    Hi,

    I have a hi-fi system that I am generally very happy with BUT...

    I find that with many CD's it seems that the left hand speaker (left channel) is slightly louder or more "busy" than the right hand speaker (right channel)!!!!
    Maybe it's the room shape or the bay window that is doing this?

    I do occassionally change the "balance" control on the pre-amp but don't like doing this because it changes the sound quality marginally.

    Has anyone else noticed that many CD's are biased to the left channel? What did you do about it?

    Also, is there a refernce "test" disc or something I could use to measure the channel levels in terms of dB's?

    Thanks for your help.
     
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    Well, all the vocals should be recorded to come from the left speaker (for mono applications), but this should definitely be balanced by the right hand speaker.

    Definitely sounds like room interaction to me, just turning the speakers or moving them a few inches might help or make it worse! :)
     
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    Thanks - I'll experiment with placement. If that fails - do you think altering the "balance" control a little bit is a viable alternative or will it sacrifice sound quality. Thanks again.
     
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    Anyone?
     
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    I wouldn't have thought you'd sacrifice outright fidelity, it may cause problems with the imaging though.
     
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    Even if it's just 1 notch, do you think? Thanks.
     
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    Depends too much on your equipment and room for me to be able to give a straight answer I'm afraid.

    I can't see it being a problem but the only way to tell is for you to try it. If it's the lesser of 2 evils then go for it! I sit well off axis and at 90deg to my speakers in my room so imaging is hardly relevant for me. Most people's hifi/AV equipment is a compromise in one way or another, the fun bit is how we deal with it to "tune" it to our own tastes.

    It's up to you to decide if it sounds better with the balance slightly off-centre but with less detail or with more detail but one side booming away at you!

    I'm sorry I can't be more help but there isn't an outright answer, even if a bunch of us came over for a listen there would probably still be differing opinions on this one. :)
     
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    Thanks buddy! :thumbsup:
     

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