Jumbo3, I spent nearly a year screwing around with speaker placement. The following method was given to me by a prominent speaker designer, and no matter how I alter my speaker placement, I end up getting the absolute best results, just as he told me. Here goes!
Note: This will usually require an argument with the wife over how the furniture is arranged, and will take you about an hour or so to complete.
First, your speakers if possible, should be adjusted exactly level from side to side and front to back before beginning the placement proceedure.
Keep a clearance of approximately 2 feet from the back wall behind the speakers. This however is not one of the most important dimensions to be maintained or obtained. They can be moved forward or backwards to comply with the next few steps if necessary.
Next, set the speakers as far apart as your room will allow. This distance however must be narrowed if their width cant comply with the next few steps. The wider the speakers are apart, the greater the sound stage. the speakers at this point should also be toed in to you sweet spot by eye. The toe will be adjusted in latter steps.
Now measure the distance between the speakers. center of one speaker to the center of the other.
Now from the center of your sweet spot, measure the distance to the center of each speaker. The distance should be the same as you measured between them. This is the most critical measurement!! You MUST, from the center of your listening sweet spot, measure to the face of each speaker, and get them within a 1/4 inch of each other, and that distance, would be the same distance you measured between the speakers. This will require you setting something stable in your sweet spot, so the measurements will be accurate and consistent. This is how you obtain imaging, and yes it needs to be within a 1/4 inch.
Next, after you have spent a 1/2 hour getting it the way I said, sit in your sweet spot, with a flash light on your head. Yes a flash light, and yes people will think you have lost your mind. holding the flashlight on your head, look straight ahead until the light is projected as what you perceive to be exact center. Then turn or roll your neck unitl the light is at your right or left speaker. the light should be at the exact center of the speaker. If not, toe that speaker in or out, and go back to your sweet spot, calibrate your head again to center, and do it again. when you get it right, the whole speaker face will almost illuminate. Do this for each speaker.
Once you have the towing right, recheck the distances from the center of your sweet spot to the face of each speaker. If it is out more than a 1/4 inch, move either one straight back, maintaining the toe angle, to get the distance right again.
So heres an example of what you should have at the end:
Your speakers are approximately 2 feet from the back wall.
Your speakers are 10' feet apart from each other at their centers. from the center of your listening posistion, each speaker is EXACTLY 10 feet away (+ - 1/4 inch) Your speakers are in perfect toe to your listening spot as determined by the flashlight method.
This will take you an hour for sure, if not more. When your done however, your speakers will be in their absolute correct placement. Its not a bad idea to write down your final measurements or somehow mark their posistions.
Good luck, let me know if you went through the effort and how it worked out. You wont be disappointed....Steve