Specifically to Ghosthouse. I've had the speakers for about 18 years. Last year wIth my son's new interest in vinyl (age 20-a late bloomer), I decided to upgrade electronics, get my turntable spinning, and pay attention. After spending more than 6k I was hoping for more presence and wow.
Certainly, I have a lively room and I wouldn't call the sound boring. Rather it is lacking in full cohesion. The amp is very dynamic and seems to have vats of reserve power. I've never heard a bit of amp fatigue. A plug for Magnum Dynalab, the tuner is also incredible. ICs are Audioquest Diamondback for the phono.
Typically the speakers live 18 inches out. Just now, 40 inches from the wall has made a huge difference but still with full orchestra ( Beethoven 3rd) it blares a bit. Seems like my room may be talking to me....as Erik suggests I seem to be getting more direct and less reflected sound with the speakers out.
As for the sub, it is certainly a muddy mess. Paradigm. Brought up from the basement low end "theater" system. I keep it turned down. Fortunately my floors are solid old oak but that doesn't mean they aren't resonating.
I will look into acoustic panels that can appear when the boys and the bourbon come out.