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Those look like pretty good set-up dimensions to me. If you would like a stronger stereo image but can't move your speakers closer together, you can at least experiment with toe-in-- that can have quite an affect on imaging, detail, coherence, and music quality/character in general. Good Luck. Craig
The best position is where you like how it sounds.
There are so many variables in accoustics, I doubt any formula is perfect, but it is worth some effort I guess.
I can't explain why, but I guess I don't care.
I am familiar with the Mahlers as well as the Beethovens whic I own. VA and Sumiko both recommend wide placement; their rule of thumb is about 70% of your room's width. My friend who owns the Mahlers has about 11 feet spacing between the speakers with great results. My Beethovens are about the same as yours 9ft, and I sit about 10 ft from tne speakers. and I suspect that they may sound as good or better with wider spacing. BTW you have a great speaker.
Thanks for yoour responses. The Cardas and Audiphysics sites do have some good info reagrding speaker placement. I have been quite pleased with the Mahlers with my 9ft spacing. Since I have been unable to test much different spacing do to my equipment setup it is good to hear that the wider spacing arrangement with the Mahlers seems to work well with others. Sometimes when you haven't tried something you wonder what you may be missing. In this case my current setup is probably about right.
my experience with the Mahlers is that they can be placed quite close to the back wall (1 m or even less) but that they are far more critical in their position relative to the side walls. I use mine with the bass woofers facing outwards and then they need a minimum of 1.5 m distance to the sidewalls to avoid booming. I assume it is all very room dependent - i once auditioned a pair of Mahlers in a really small and low room and the sound was edgy with booming bass.
The equilateral traingle placement method really works.
I was listening to Sade Live and realized that it didn't sound like I was at a live event. Instead I was outside the building listening through the front door.
My speakers were about 6 feet apart and I was listening from 8-9 feet away. So I moved each speaker about 1 1/2 feet out so they are 8-9 feet apart.
Now the soundstage has opened up, my room is fully immersed in sound and I am inside the building, actually at the live event. Great!