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Old 05-26-2020, 12:59 AM
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Default Little Ribbon Speaker: He flipped what and did what?!

That’s right baby, tonight I flipped my maggies completely around then flipped out! Attached is a photo for reference. My adventure with the LRS is 90+ days & 468 hours in. With the exception of moving them around one to six inches at a time, I settled early with the layout shown in the photo for burn-in.

With everything seemingly relaxed, I wanted to experiment with other configs. During listening sessions I usually clear the room of extra chairs and tables. The maggies were sitting 4 ft from front wall, 3 ft from side walls, with my chair 4 ft from back wall.

Tonight, I kept the maggies at 4 ft from front wall but reversed them. Moved audio rack to center of floor between speakers. Formerly 5 ft sat in between speakers. I now have 7 ft between them with the rack in the middle but 1.5 ft behind. My chair now sits dab smack up against the front wall centered. The rear half of the room is now wide open.

As I sat and measured distance between seat and speakers, I started thinking this might be a bad idea. I proceeded to fire up the Shindo monaural amps and quickly flipped-out!!! The soundstage? Massive! So big in fact, I wasn’t concerned with my neighbor potentially bangin’ on da wall, but her neighbor on the far side. In the next moment I suddenly realized I have bass. Tonight’s session has proved to be very satisfying.

Looking back, the first week of ownership I had thoughts of skipping room treatment and using those funds to get the .7’s. After tonight’s discovery, I’m now saving for bass absorbers, panels, diffusers and good rug for the LRS. I’d rather have the “little ones” playing at a higher level instead of the .7’s handicapped by the tea room.

Lastly, the most immediate challenge I face right now is the audio rack. Sitting in the middle of the room it’s taking up valuable real estate and posing as a trip hazard. Ah...the adventure continues.
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Old 05-26-2020, 07:11 AM
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That looks amazing...great setup! Would please clarify what you mean when you say that you flipped your Maggies around? Thanks...
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Old 05-26-2020, 03:04 PM
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Thanks SCAudiophile!

Admittedly, a before and after photo would’ve been helpful. One is coming. For clarity on speaker positioning:

The photo shows setup before changes. Maggies are positioned 4 feet from front wall with 9.5 feet to rear wall. Listening chair is 4 feet from rear wall. The flip! - I turned Maggies around to face front wall now making that the rear wall. I pulled audio rack out to center of room and replaced it with listening chair. Kept Maggies at 4 feet facing new rear wall but spread space in between speakers from 5 feet to 7 feet.

So now, instead of having the Maggies being 4 feet from front wall, they’re now 9.5 feet away from the new front wall. Previously was enjoying speakers just out of near-field listening. Now it’s straight near-field until I treat the room or move this summer / autumn.
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Cool idea, the casters under the Maggies. Makes a breeze to move the speakers around hunting for that sweet spot.
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Very cool idea indeed!
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