Small-room, nearfield system focused on resolution, transparency and imaging realism at lower volumes.  Great synergy between the Marantz SA-10, AVM A3.2 and Focal Sopra 1.  Power-conditioning by Audience, resonance control by Symposium Acoustics, and acoustic treatments by GIK Acoustics combine to optimize verisimilitude and musical enjoyment.

Room Details

Dimensions: 14’ × 11’  Small
Ceiling: 8’

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    • Marantz SA-10 SACD / CD Player and DAC
    • AVM Audio A3.2 Integrated Amplifier
    • Focal Sopra 1 Loudspeaker
    • Nordost Heimdall 2 Interconnect
    • Nordost Heimdall 2 Speaker Cable
    • Audience Au24 e Interconnect
    • Audience Au 24 e Speaker Cable
    • Audience Au24 Se-i powerChords
    • Audience adeptResponse aR2p-TO Power Conditioner
    • SolidSteel 6.2 Audio Rack
    • Symposium Acoustics Rollerblock Jr. HDSE Coupling/Decoupling Footers
    • GIK Acoustics Corner Traps and Alpha Series Panels

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I’ve long been an adherent of Joachim Gerhard’s speaker-placement tenets.  Gerhard was most famously associated with the Audio Physic line of speakers back in the ‘90’s (he now designs under the Suesskind name), but his placement recommendations work well with many other speakers.  

The benefits are myriad: a massive, wall-to soundstage, and within that, excellent image focus and layering, a strong and detailed center image, less room interaction, and greater sound pressure levels without room overload on account of the minimal distance between speaker and listener.  

The trick to making it work is to ensure that the speakers lend themselves well to close listening distances.  Generally, speakers with first-order crossovers and multiple, largely-spaced drivers are less successful, but even then, there are exceptions (Dynaudio comes to mind).  It helps, too, if the speakers can be placed relatively far into the room (e.g, four feet or more).