Before getting into today’s subject of proper speaker setup for stereo effect, I want to give a shoutout to a local world-class musician, and highlight his most recent recorded triumph.
If you’re into drums, into funk music or modern jazz, there’s a chance you know of a fellow by the name of Adam Deitch. Berklee-trained (and Grammy nominated) Adam is the son of two drummers, he’s the drummer for the jam supergroup Lettuce, he’s one-half of the electronic duo Break Science, and he’s a frequent collaborator with living guitar legend John Scofield. And, in his free time, he keeps the beat for a little jazz combo known as the Adam Deitch Quartet.
The latter released its debut album Egyptian Secrets last Friday, and I’m taking this much space away from our audio tweak topic du jour to tell you to go listen to it, NOW. It combines the best aspects of what we love about Madeski, Martin & Wood, with the maverick attitude of a Scofield lick throughout. John himself had to jump on a couple tracks and help cement the vibe.
The album takes you through all kinds of thoughts and moods, but it also really shows off what a good stereo system can do. Recording and production quality is all-star, making this record a recommended add to the library if you’re an audiophile of any flavor.
It is believed that Adam is a Denver dweller, but the cat is so cool, I don’t know if anyone wants to tread into stalker mode and really find out. The guy is a big star so let’s leave him be, but I can’t help but notice a major uptick in Denver shows from him in the last few years. At any rate, the release show for the Quartet’s hot drop is coming up Sept. 10 at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox in Denver. Be there or be square.
OK. Now that most of today’s column space is gone (for good reason), let’s try to learn something here. Last week we talked about placing, spacing and angling desktop speakers to get the best sense of stereo possible.
This week and next we’ll turn our attention to the living room, or listening room, or man cave if that be the case. Bigger speakers meant to fill a room with good sound must be placed just so, if they’re to work in the way they were designed.
In the past I’ve suggested moving speakers away from the back wall, keeping a good distance from the side walls. I’ve talked about putting spikes on the bottom of the speakers to give them better footing, and we’ve been all through the other stuff that’s important.
What we haven’t covered is exactly how to angle these things, how far away to sit, and the relationships between sound waves and the physical dimensions of the room you’re listening in.
We continue next week, but I’ll preview that with a quick summary. If there’s one person listening, you want to angle speakers so they cross paths just behind your head. If there are a few people listening on a couch or in chairs, you want to widen the “sweet spot” by crossing the speakers just in front of the listening position.
Stay groovy, listen to the Deitch record, and we’ll continue next week.
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