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Toe-ing in speakers always a good thing?

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  • Toe-ing in speakers always a good thing?

    Hey guys,

    Today I tried towing my desktop setup - a pair of WAF-1, but I think I like them parallel to each other better. When they were toed in, I felt it was a little too direct (I'm about 2.5ft-3ft away from the speakers). This is not an anomaly, right?

  • #2
    What sounds best you is all that matters.


    • #3
      Move 'em around. Find what you like best. Based on a recommendation, I started moving my WAFs around on their stands. I now have set them up in a manner I can quickly move them to where I want based on where I'm sitting at the time. Kind of a different approach to putting them in one spot forever and wishing they were somewhere else.
      Tweak City Audio WAF-1, Paradigm PS1000, Jolida FX-10 tube amp, Samsung Blu-ray, Beresford TC-7520 DAC, Apple Airport Express (living room)

      Hawthorne Audio 101515 OB Trio DIY speakers, DIY Bottlehead Stereomour 2A3 amp, DIY 6CL6 SPUD amp, Rythmik 370 OB Plate Amps (in stereo), Beresford TC-7520 DAC, Macbook Pro/iTunes & Decibel FLAC player for Mac, Sony S370 Blu-ray (listening room)

      Other stuff: Usher S-520, JohnBlue JB-3, MiniWatt, Glow Amp One, Nuforce Icon Mobile, Sennheiser HD595


      • #4
        I've also found that the amount of toe-in I like can depend on the recording. Some songs I like it better aimed directly at me, while other's I like it where the front baffles are more parallel to the front wall.

        In the end, corndog's advice is the best.
        Never Argue With An idiot. They'll Lower You To Their Level And Then Beat You With Experience!


        • #5
          Thanks for the info, guys - I've left them facing forward, and they sound incredible!

          Still much more detailed than the ELT525Ms, IMO!


          • #6
            As soon as the black ones come in I'm getting a pair.:jiggy:

            I don't even need them really but I'm a big fan of Danny's work and these would go well in my kitchen.:scratchchin:


            • #7
              My stand mounted monitors fire straight ahead, with no toe in at all. I have always preferred the sound this way, no matter which room I set up in, even though they are meant to be toed in a bit. It all depends on the room and what you like to hear.


              • #8
                The room and the polar response (or On-Axis/Off-Axis responses)...determine how a speaker should be toed-in. Danny's designs are usually very flat off-axis and thus could work nearly any way you want (or whatever works best in the room). Minimizing diffraction/sound reflections is also important.
                "Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us."

                -Bill Watterson