I don't associate the loss of quality you describe with proximity to a wall. What you describe
might be distortion and coloration due to limitations of driver performance, or possibly the
sound of an overdriven amplifier, but I don't think being 7 inches from a wall introduces these
types of quality problems.
On 5 Dec 2013 at 12:51, mprager@... wrote:
> My office system is a computer running JRiver, feeding flac files to
> an external DAC (Lynx Hilo),
> which in turn feeds a pair of Audioengine A5+ powered speakers. This
> sounds good with small
> groups, but when the music gets loud or complex, clarity and
> dynamics are lost. It sounds better
> through headphones.
> I have thought of replacing the Audioengines with either better
> active monitors or a small stereo
> amp and something like one of the smaller PSB speakers.
> Of the small PSB speakers, has anyone here compared, say, the Alpha
> B1 to the Image B6 or the
> Imagine B?
> Because the speakers are on my desk, and the desk is close to the
> wall, the rear of the
> Audioengines is only 7 inches (18 cm) from the wall. Am I deluding
> myself by thinking it's possible
> to get better sound from such a layout? This was intended to be a
> just-good-enough second
> system, but audiophilia is setting in.
> Thoughts welcome!