Re: Staging and Imaging?
I would set your mid/tweeter crossovers to the same frequency, and I suggest 3.15 kHz first. For simplicity I would also keep the slopes the same. You're more likely to get the best clarity to vocals if you keep the slopes consistent. You can check this by listening to talk radio or a recording of someone speaking at a normal volume. Use a 24 dB slope on your subwoofer LPF and the HPF of your midrange. Listen to some music that you're really familiar with, but something that's not too intricate. Don't put on Avenged Sevenfold if you have Adele, for example. You could also download some reference music, such as the first Focal JM Labs disc, which has known accurate and dynamic recordings. This way you know for sure the vocalist is supposed to sound centered on the stage, whereas with mainstream recordings you can only assume the vocals are centered.
Originally Posted by Fi-brations
Typically in rock music you're going to get a guitar to sound to the right of the vocalist, a second guitar is usually going to sound left of the vocalist, and drums are behind the rest of the band. Bass guitar will be less consistent as many of the notes are at frequencies our ears are not good at locating. If you can pick out each member of a 4 piece band you're in good shape. After that you can focus on taming an in-your-face guitar, fine-tuning the midbass presence by improving your installation, and on and on. A basic equalizer has no chance of getting you real depth to the sound stage, even with time alignment and level matching. You'll have peaks and nulls to the sound that even 31 bands of graphic eq on each speaker can't smooth.
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