grue2cesig2 Posted December 11, 2020 Share Posted December 11, 2020 i just ordered some custom sound anchor stands which are 8" tall plus the height of the spikes (approx 1 inch depending on how deeply threaded). first, although in the mid-late 90's i sold sound anchor stands, i never knew you could order a custom made pair! second, the manual states that the "focus" of the alignment is 33" off the floor while the speakers are on the 3" optional sound anchor stands. well my ear height is 42-43" off the floor. although i have for years, had my speakers tilted back the recommended 3" to 3.5" at distances of 7-9ft from the speakers, i have not been satisfied with the sound. even though there is a reported 6" (+/- 3") window of focus. it's my assertion that tilting the speakers is no substitute for physically lifting the speakers. and here's the reason why: these are not super directional drivers - they don't "beam". and i also believe the driver arrangement does not facilitate beaming. and certainly, the sound waves from the combined drivers, do not behave/radiate in a spherical manor. however the time/phase alignment may focus at a certain height, tilting does not compensate for physical speaker height. i finally realized i should measure the approx height of the tweeters using a flash light shinning through the cloth. my approx measured height on the factory 3" sound anchors is 38.5" . the recommended listening ear height is 33" which is 5.5 inches below the tweeter. even with the speakers tilted back, my ears are still 4-5 inches above the tweeter! what ultimately lead me to this: on a few occasions i sat on the floor in front of my listening chair with the speakers vertical to tilted back dramatically. each time the sound came to life, it was as is stated in the manual "just right" or just worked. i may have had an ear height lower than 33", however it was so "right" to me, that i've finally broken down and said i either sell these speakers and get something else (which i would probably end up in a similar situation) or correct the problem. i really take issue with the user manual when it comes to the importance of listening height, and i take issue with the tilting as a solution, and further take issue with the "focus" of these speakers being tuned to 33" off the floor when noone in the world sits on the floor or a chair that is so far out of the norm of seat height that noone buying these speakers would ever truly hear them the way RV is trying to convey. RV needs to change the focus of these speakers or recommend bean-bags as a seat. standard seat height is 18". further, i'm 6ft 3in tall. 33" focus does not even apply to the "average" person. i have a little bit of a fiery attitude here because i know how good these speakers can sound but i believe so many people are so far out of whack due to incorrect height - and incorrect solution of tilt - that it's masking what i have known to be an outstanding speaker - in other words, knowledge and information should be freely shared and that knowledge/information should be accurate and inclusive and also not just one point of view. the manual should say, if your ear height is higher than 33" - buy custom stands according to this graph and raise the height of the speakers. unless the maker wants to raise up the foucs from 33" to 38". so ha, i solved the problem! although i wont get my new stands for 4 weeks, but given the "floor sitting" i expect huge improvements! i think i will actually want to listen to music from now on! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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