Guest suddenly takes it upon herself to move my speakers


Has this ever happened to anyone here?

You have your speakers positioned just as you like them, and then a guest takes it upon themselves to suddenly move your speakers?

Obviously I’m not going to get any sympathy from anyone in the non Audio world, so I thought I’d post my frustrating experience here.

I also imagine that many of your speakers can’t simply be slid out of position due to spikes or carpeting or sheer weight. Probably a good number of you, who like me have speakers on hardwood floors, have some marks in place to be able to return speakers to their exact position. (Which I didn’t)

But a recent female first time guest was sitting on the floor positioned between the speakers as we listened and for some reason decided that they should be pointed directly at her. Now some people might think “how obnoxious,” and others might think, ‘hey, a woman who wants the toe in angle optimzed for her seating position! She’s a keeper! Let her handle whatever she wants!”

And while I did like the enthusiasm, there was a supertweeter precariously balanced atop each speaker fireing rearward that could have easily toppled off and broken. (And no, there are no kids in the house).

I still haven’t found the exact sweet spot I had them in. For a long time I felt like a bit of an audio slacker since I never installed the factory spikes or rounded cones TAD provides for the CR1’s. Until a few months ago I read on another forum that many CR1 owners choose to just keep the stands on the floor, or haven’t found a benefit to using the spikes/cones on hardwood.

Obviously I’ll use the incident to try and eventually find an even more optimal positioning than they were in, but it still irks me that someone would just assume it’s okay to move a sophisticated audio setup that they truly know nothing about.

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Thats a bit strange honestly.  I’d take that as a red flag.  To her credit, she at least understands the importance of speaker placement.  To her discredit, her enjoyment, and placement, of your stuff is more important to her than your enjoyment, or placement, of your stuff.
I spent hours dialing in my friends LS50’s (he wanted me to) and came back a week later only to see his cleaning lady moved them in order to vacuum; I wonder if its the same woman....

And on another side note, I was at my local stereo shop listening to some personas and the other customer asked if he could change the toe in of one speaker.  The look on the sales guys face was priceless.  I’m sure he wanted to say “are you nuts, Paradigms rep spent hours setting these up” but instead, he politely said “sure”.  
Is she going to be invited back?
Did her adjustment improve your sound?

If so, it would seem she has good ears but is also a bit rude.  The rudeness will present itself again in other ways, too.  Personally, I wouldn't want to put up with it.
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Wait 'til she starts rearranging you! Personally I'd pass on this lady :-). Been there, done that (but only once).