Having bought an Atom and Neat Iotas a few months ago I have been really very happy with the sound.
However, I have noticed that a lot of the music I am streaming from Tidal seems to have a left-side bias, particularly female vocals - and in some cases the singer is standing right over on the left of the stage. I started by just ignoring it convincing myself that Diana Krall was sitting at her piano, on the left, obviously, or putting it down to bad recordings - why would they do that?!
But it was really starting to annoy me and I was sure something was wrong. So this afternoon I unplugged the cables in the back of the Atom and switched them around. My God - still on the left!! Jesus - was it my brain (tumour?), ears, the acoustics of the room, or was it simply that the speakers were duff? The latter feeling like the best option.
I put the wires back and switched the speakers over. Bang down the middle - Diana Krall's piano had been wheeled over to the right. And not only that but the whole sound was better... much better. Was my mind playing tricks (or was it the tumour?)...
Then the penny dropped, by switching the speakers over the tweeters are now on the inside! I am sure that tweeters outside work in some rooms, with different dimensions and acoustics, but in mine it's the inside.
I have played around with the placement, toeing in etc., and it is now sounding really amazing, just completely together and coherent - I can seem to hear lyrics better and things seem to be bouncing along a lore more. I can't believe it, nor can I believe how long it took me to do this.
There may be a lesson here, not entirely sure what it is. Maybe, don't take things for granted, tinker around.