cabin just screams for a pair of Heresy corner loaded ! but I get the need for modern...
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My cottage is smaller, main room ca 15 x 24 feet. I find that the system plays best in the long direction of the room, placed on the short wall. Over the years, I’ve had several systems and speakers, including Dynaco speakers hanging on the wall above the listener. My home Bose 901s were tried also, but these need stone wall reflection, I have soft wood walls too, and it did not work well. I have ended up with a small tube amp system, a Ming Da integrated MC34a amp driving Aurum Cantus Leisure 2SE speakers. These speakers are more pinpoint, and require solid stands and space from the walls. Yet they give me the touch of music that I need, on the cottage. Do I need more bass? Well, I have it in my home system. I don’t want a sub, here. So it is a matter of the preferred listening priorities, also. Silence is golden, listening to nature’s sound, when I’m at the cottage. But some music is nice too.
viridian: I have found corner loading useful for mechanical amplification of bass.
However, whenever I have looked for the best speaker location for speakers that had good imaging capabilities, that location was always at least one foot from back and side walls, and usually closer to two feet from back and side walls. Whenever I put these speakers right in the corner, the sound didn't exactly die, but for my money, the speakers lost half their value.
I'm trying to avoid choosing speakers that do that.
erik_squires: The last system I built used a Hsu sub, so I like their stuff. However their speakers all seem to have rear firing ports, which will be sub-optimal when actually shoved into a corner. I can remake the shelves so the speakers are an inch or so out from the back and side walls, but I am skeptical re: rear firing ports sounding their best that close to the wall. If you have tried these that close to the wall, please let me know how they sounded.
Thanks for the input.
viridian: You raise a good point. Image stability and coherence are tools that I used to try to evaluate and improve my system at home. I found that if I worked to tighten up the imaging, the frequency response and impact followed along naturally, if that makes sense. I do not see me really listening for the imaging at the cottage, however I am interested in improving the frequency response and the impact of the music at the cottage.
Get speakers made for corner placement. Without a doubt, in your situation I'd buy Sjofn "the clue" speakers. Do NOT go by the Stereophile review -- the guy totally screwed it up. I and many others have heard these at shows and have been absolutely flabbergasted by how good they sound, and the bass that comes from them is absolutely unbelievable given their small size. They're designed to use the room as reinforcement, and boy does it work!
And I think the Outlaw receiver is a great choice. Onkyo has had problems with their receivers, so I'd avoid. Yamaha has been much more reliable and also sounds good, but I'd get the Outlaw. Best of luck. GET THE SJOFNS!!!