I have 1.6's in a room that is practically identical to your larger 14 x 16 room. I have them set up 5 ft out with maybe a little more space on the sides. My listening chair is all the way back against the opposite wall. I have listened closer, but didn't find the difference significant so I moved the love seat back against the wall where it looks better. I treated the corners behind the speakers with auralex pannels, 2 ft wide, floor to ceiling. This was a critical treatment to address slap echo which really was a serious problem. The next most important tweak was tilting the speakers forward (easy with Mye stands) so that the tweeter is at a perpendicular with the middle of the tweeter at ear level. I've used addtional auralex panels on the wall behind the speaker which seems to have improved imaging somewhat. I think you will be very happy once you have them set up in the new room.
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