I'm a newbie here with a basic question. First off, apologies if this has been covered before, I've had a look around and couldn't get what I needed quickly so I thought I'd bug y'all and say hello at the same time
I just recently bought a set of the upgraded original Amazing's. These have the honeycomb woofers but are fitted with the 60" buzzing ribbons. (What, they're not supposed to buzz?)
I've been driving them with a pair of Odyssey Audio Mono's with the 'Glass Ceiling' updates. But they were loaners and this week my 'permanent' amps arrived so it's time to get more serious about positioning the speakers. My amps are the Spread Spectrum Technologies Ampzilla 2000's and I use a Supratek Chenin preamp.
The problem I'm having with the speakers is that I can't get them to throw a convincingly wide soundstage. The sound seems trapped within the confines of the speaker frames. I get reasonable front to back depth but no horizontal stage, at least not what I'm used to from my Apogee Caliper Sig's, Maggie 3.6's etc.
My room is 19' x 29' and I have them on the 19' wall. They're not spaced equidistantly due to the room layout, so there's more space to the right hand speaker than the left. That said I don't have any other constraints. Presently I have them 72" off the front wall, left speaker is 31" from the side wall measured at the base. There's 67" between frames, measured at the bases. Chair is 142" back.
I've slung these around somewhat randomly, just to get a feel of how large the changes can be. They've been as close as 36" from the front wall and I've moved them closer together in 2 or 3" steps. I have toe-in set at 1" off horizontal, though I've also experimented with much more toe-in, at up to around 8".
Every little move seems to change aspects of their sound, but not the horizontal stage width.
Of course I've checked phase/polarity and tried reversing +/- just for the heck of it.
Is this a normal characteristic of this speaker, or do I need to keep trying? If the latter, can anyone share a tip with me so I can shortcut the process of trial and error?