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I think I'm experiencing differences in sound quality based on the chair or seat height.  I'm listening to Majik 140s with the base plates on.  I think sitting lower is better.  Has this been discussed here before?  What are your thoughts?

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When you set up Space Optimisation v2 for your Linn system, Linn has the seating height for our ears, as a default of around 92 cm, as I recall.

‘Speakers with a 3K array have a wider dispersion compared to a single tweeter driver, so seating height may not be as critical with the 3K arrays. However, I make sure that my ears are  around 92 cm. I find seating does make a difference to sound quality 

‘The other thing I consider is to make sure my sofa is pulled away from the rear wall, to help mitigate the reflection of the sound waves off the rear wall.

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2 hours ago, wildwildWes said:

Would anybody hesitate to put the sweet spot in a sectional couch where you're sitting in the bottom of the U-shape?

No I wouldn’t hesitate. I have it arranged like that. At least a L-shaped one. The sweet  spot must be practical, acceptable for the rest of the family and have comfort as well. 

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No, sit where you are comfortable, you’re going to be there quite a lot.

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On 02/04/2021 at 15:46, wildwildWes said:

I think I'm experiencing differences in sound quality based on the chair or seat height.  I'm listening to Majik 140s with the base plates on.  I think sitting lower is better.  Has this been discussed here before?  What are your thoughts?

M140’s do seem to have a rather tight sweet spot.

Our next sofa will be a 3 cushion 3 seater. The sweet spot in in between the cushions of our 2 cushion 3 seater. lol.

Generally speaking your ears want to be level with the 2k array. SO will do something to help here if they are not. However, in Exakt M140’s seem to have a much wider sweet spot than passive or Aktiv. I suspect that is the time of flight magic from Exakt.

Sitting lower you may achieve slightly better coherence with the mid-upper bass driver if not Exakt…

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This is rather fab if you have deep pockets.  I have tried it, during a visit to Stone Audio, and it’s very comfortable. 

https://www.stoneaudio.co.uk/?product=gamut+lobster+chair

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Paul’s bang on with his comments about the 3k arrays, but I find they sound even better if the tweeters are roughly the same height as my ears when sat down.  That’s how I like to listen anyway.

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5 hours ago, wildwildWes said:

I'd love to try that, looks very slick, and like something a movie villain would sit and swivel in.  Did you notice a difference in sound quality?

TBH I was only listening for about 15 minutes. But they took the trouble to carry it across the showroom to the system I was interested in.  I’d been standing up beforehand, so it’s not really comparable.  It certainly impressed me, though I’d struggle to say if that was because I imagined I was a Bond villain or because of the sound!

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4 hours ago, Baba Yaga said:

Don‘t you have a lot of reflections from the upper end directly to the ears?

You’d think so, but I didn’t notice anything weird.  They were Martin Logan ELS that I listened to, and they sounded great. 

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This is rather fab if you have deep pockets.  I have tried it, during a visit to Stone Audio, and it’s very comfortable. 

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I'd love to try that, looks very slick, and like something a movie villain would sit and swivel in.  Did you notice a difference in sound quality?

I am a personal acquaintance of the former lead designer at GamuT (he is now with another Danish company called Gryphon), and he is one of the few individuals I have met in the HiFi industry who is absolutely driven by a passion for music. And he is a damn hard working guy to boot. 

It would be difficult to convince me to invest in a pair of passive speakers at this point in my life, but those GamuT speakers he designed were some of the best sounding passive speakers I have had the pleasure of experiencing and would be on the top of my list. Gorgeous stuff, and the amplifiers are also quite amazing I might add.

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Ok so I have to confess this since I started the thread, which I still think was worthwhile.  But:  I just realized I wasn't putting the speaker heights into the space optimisation.  So they're in now.  It's a good thing I read the space optimisation manual a bit closer or I never would have noticed.  When I recently put in an Akurate System Hub I noticed the bass was much more clear and distinct, but also that spatially it sounded low always.  Now I know why!

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