Hi neo. That setup is actually quite nice! If you notice he's done a lot of things very carefully. He doesn't have a whole lot of room but he's made sure that any of the corner items like the desk and stuff are not in front of the plane of the speakers. So none of them get in the line of where the speakers are. So the speakers have unfettered acess to your head without obstructions in the way. He's also placed a carpet in front of him. That really helps too as wood floors cause floor bounce and muddy up the sound with reflections. A carpet absorbs some of the reflections and can really help when you have wood or tile floors.
In fact you could pull the couch just maybe a foot closer to the speakers to get a wider illusion to the soundstage, that would be the only tweak I would try out there.
Also note that he has used room treatments behind the windows curtains. Great idea! Best value for the moeny imo. It makes a BIG difference. What I would do if I only had the money for one room treatment is to simply place it behind my chair at head level. But what he did behind the speakers also does really well These are what I would use. www.atsacoustics.com/item--ATS-Acoustic-Panel-24-x-48-x-2--1001.html This is a good setup and I think you'd be wise to follow it do this and you can have really really nice sound
Last Edit: Apr 18, 2015 17:10:13 GMT -5 by garbulky
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An XSP-1 was my first Emotiva purchase and it improved sound quality. Later, I purchased an XDA-2 and did some testing with/without the XSP-1 but found the music was always better with the preamp. Having said that, the biggest improvements came by acoustically treating my listening room with elements from Hofa.