Posted by: Steve Shochet on 14 August 2000
Well, I just moved the stuff to my girlfriends place. She has very high ceilings, hardwood floors, a big area rug. The speakers are in front of sliding glass doors. The side walls are slightly close to the speakers. Although it sounds pretty good, I am still having the same problems with the base. It is slightly muddy, with no tightness or slam. I have tried moving the speakers closer and further from the glass, but that only changes the intensity of the base sound, not its quality.
Could it be the glass doors behind? (I did have similar problems with the speakers in front of windows at my place.) The kestrals have a passive bass design, with a big hole in the lower back of the cabinet. Maybe it requires a solid wall behind it. Is it the side wall reflections? I have heard the arguments against metal cabinets, but does that effect base?--the base did sound fantastic with the same cabinet in the first set up.
I have a feeling the only answer is to turn my girlfriends apt. into a sound studio, but she isn't too keen on drapping her walls with sound baords etc.