Yes, I am aware of but only the benefits of having space behind the listening position, but also the presentation nearer-field listening can provide.
Unfortunately, due to living conditions, that setup wouldn't work in my living room.
It's funny that you mentioned that because lately I've been considering making the room a dedicated listening room and having the speakers fire down the long wall instead of the way it is now which is firing down the short wall.
I've had that set up in the past and having space behind my listening seat really improved the sound. I miss those days. I had maybe 7 ft of space behind my head and 7 or 8 feet behind the speakers.
Thinking about moving the TV into the second bedroom and making that the TV room. I'm a bachelor so I have the Liberty to do these things without asking permission! Lol!
Thanks again for the recommendation. Much appreciated.
I’m curious if you ever experimented with moving your sofa away from the back wall 3-4 feet to a slightly more near field position. My best sounding setups have space behind the listening position and in the 8 foot range distance from the speakers.
Interesting that you mention your very first listening encounter. Honestly it is the same initial reaction I had straight out of the shipping box via Japan. I immediately knew this was right. Exact same reaction I had upon hearing my Coincident Frankenstein 300b SET just removed from the shipping crates. I just knew this was what I've been seeking. When it's right (Meaning natural) you just know.
To be specific and clear you may not reached the same conclusion. What I am referring to and devil boy feels the same, we are talking of a natural/organic sound quality. Sure I have heard many newer/modern DACs. Some are very good sounding no debate on that.
However none of them exceeded the Yamamoto in terms of just a natural -emotionally engaging presentation. That aspect means the most to me. Certainly other people have different priorities and may seek the so-called high detail/resolution sound.
The Yamamoto actually is resolved in my opinion but it never sounds hyped or artificial. Just natural, the way I like it.I can certainly understand if other listeners are seeking a different type of sonic presentation.
I did not know that you have had 5 different Metrum DACs. About 6years or so ago I bought a Metrum Octave . Given all of the praise toward it I was very curious to hear it. It did not disappoint me and in fact was very good sounding.
With direct comparisons to the Yamamoto YDA-1 in my system I realized as much as I enjoyed the Metrum the Yamamoto was even better. More dynamic and larger scale presentation but more significantly if was more natural and musically engaging. I sold the very fine Metrum (6 offers on the first listing day).
As far as I know there have been no updates or changes to the Yamamoto since its launch in 2008😊. You know what? None have been necessary. Superb attention paid to the analog output stage (No OP Amps or NFB utilized) and power supply. I've had mine probably 8 years (Maybe longer, time flies) and just as happy as ever. It just gets the music right!
Yeah, the Yamamoto is amazing. It's the most natural sounding DAC over had here. I've had 5 different Metrums, 3 MHDTs, some Sabre based, etc. Nothing sounded more "right" than this. I love the 1794 chip.
Thanks! The Graham’s give wonderful insight into the music, they convey rhythm very well and are good with most music, comparing them with other speakers I have heard or owned, I think somehow they just sound right and give me no listening fatigue at all, which is very important as I often listen for many hours at a time.
Humble suggestion: consider some absorption on the wall right behind our head. Try putting a pillow back there on top of the couch, behind your ears to kill that reflection, just to see if you can hear a difference. If it helps, you can look into something that fits long-term.