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Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Don’t agree with all of this one and there are lots of better things than CD cases to use to tilt speakers one way or another. Some speakers aren’t to be listened to with the tweeters pointing directly at the listener. I know mine aren’t.

A good use for CDs

We love our CDs. I have hundreds of them, perhaps bordering on a thousand. Many have been memorialized on a hard drive and that gives me easy access to build playlists, something I cannot easily do with physical media unless I make my own. But still, I have my stack of discs at the ready to play.

But, there is another use for CDs that might just surprise you. CDs can dial in your speaker’s performance and adjust them to different height chairs. At least their cases can.

When I help people get their systems to sound right I have two tools at my disposal: the first I described in this post, pulling the speakers out from the front wall. The second is to angle the speakers forward or backward using CD cases to match chair height.

Matching seating height to the tweeter axis is pretty easy to do and even easier to see if it’s needed. From your seating position move your head up or down to see where the tweeter sounds its best, then adjust the speaker’s angle to match. Often times I can hear the tweeter sounds more alive when I stand up, or the opposite. It’s then a simple matter to place a CD case or two underneath the speaker cabinet’s rear or front to lean it forward or backward.

If you want a more permanent solution use a furniture leveler instead.

Getting the tweeter pointing at your ear can often be the difference between good and great.

Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Cover up

I was never quite sure why this was a thing back in the 60s but instead of guys taking showers my college classmates seemed to like the idea of applying cologne to cover up their stink. I can’t tell you how much I wound up detesting the stench of BO covered by Jade East.

My view has always been a simple one. Fixing the problem is always preferable to covering it up, though that’s not always so easy. A bright tweeter can be tamed by any number of cover-ups which might make more economic sense than replacing a pair of speakers.

But, the core of the problem remains and it’s a tough discipline to instill in one’s self. Whenever I hear a system trapped in the speakers I first turn to setup. If setup doesn’t release the sound from the speaker’s grip we work ourselves back through the chain to find the culprit rather than start the great cover-up.

Quick fixes are always easier but usually less effective. This is one good reason I agree with my friend Bill Low of Audioquest in his mantra to do no harm. He and I both recoil at the idea of using audio cables as equalizers, yet sometimes there’s little choice if you can’t fix the core problem.

The first step in this process is as mentioned. Find the root cause of the problem. Once you’ve narrowed it to the culprit it’s ok to mask the problem until you can figure out the best way to fix it.

If only I could have handed a bar of soap to those classmates so many years ago.