Speaker placement. The thorn in the side of any hi fi enthusiasts dream of sonic Nirvana. Yesterday I moved my system into another room, its very similar to the old room; 10' ceilings, 15' x 15' square, probably the worst dimensions for speaker placement. In the old room, the speakers were placed either side of a bay window. The listening position was opposite , against the wall. The new room doeasnt have a bay, so I just put them up against the wall, switched on and ...............disaster, awful, muddled, bass bloom, terrible imaging etc. So, after reading about speaker placement, I decided to move them further into the room. Because this would have interfered with the door way, they were moved to either side of the fire place about 5.5' apart and toed in towards the listening position (in the centre of the listening position its just possible to see the inside faces of the cabinets). The front face of the speakers is around 4' 5" forward of the back wall and around 4' from the side walls. The listening position is back against the far wall, which gives a measurement of approx. 1.5 times the distance the speakers are apart. Wooden floors, with a large rug, curtained window, large sofa and a cd cabinet is all there is in the room. peakers are small stand mounted , 2 way design, rear ported. Result, loads better than in the previous room. Incredible imaging, tight thundering bass, all the little nuances that I must have spent years missing out on. This might just save someone hours of aggro and truck loads of money. The difference is incredible, its not subtle, its as if Ive gone out and spent a few thousand on a new system.