Currently using a Stealth 6 pair for my desktop speakers. My desk is in a room that's approximately 8ft x 9.5ft (rather small room). The speakers are about 3ft apart and about 1ft away from the wall.
My issue is I have quite a bit more bass response if I sit 4ft back, versus my normal computer use position of about 2ft back. I'm thinking part of the issue may be they don't have enough space away from the wall. I'm guessing there is also a limitation to their bass output while sitting so close.
Is there any way I can get more bass response close up? Would adding some dampening material on the wall behind each speaker help with this?
I'm not sure about a desktop setup but in my main system my couch is against the rear wall and I can feel/hear more of the lower frequencies being that close to the back wall then say in the middle of the room, I have acoustic panels behind me , on the ceiling, left wall and behind the speakers which reside behind my screen but I have no bass traps, really just no room for any.
Maybe build a wall behind you haha, there must be someone here with better experience that could chime in.
I may eventually get a sub. I just want to try to optimize the bass these speakers already produce. I feel the amount further back is very sufficient, I just need to try to pull it into my regular sitting distance.
Experiment with your speaker toe-in . Do it in small increments with patience and you'll likely find that sweet spot where you have what you're after. If more base is needed after that, a good sub is the way to go.
First try altering the positioning of the speakers with respect to the wall. Even a small position change makes a difference.
Then try adjusting the bass roll off as indicated in the manual (reproduced below):
Bass Roll off adjustment
The Bass Roll Off adjustment allows you to apply a gradual bass roll-off on the Stealth 6 to compensate for room acoustics and boundary effects. The effect of the Bass Roll Off adjustment is more subtle than that of the Bass Tilt adjustment, and only affects lower frequencies. Frequency modification starts at approximately 250 Hz,and reaches a maximum effect of approximately -2 dB, -4 dB, -6 dB, or -8 dB at 40 Hz.
The default setting (with all DIP switches OFF) is flat.
Note: please turn only one DIP switch in each group on at once.
If you are hearing a difference in the bass volume by moving around, you probably have room nodes and your sitting position is in a null spot. Moving your speakers a bit or adding a subwoofer should help.
Oh I know what I'm missing. In my vehicle I have two 15" subwoofers each getting 1KW RMS.
I have been thinking of adding the little BasX S8 subwoofer and having it sit just underneath my desk. Else I'd go for a larger one and put it in a corner, somewhere.
I do have some speaker stands I had initially thought I was going to use when I moved, but it turned out I didn't have room behind my desk, like I thought I would. I may try setting up the stands on my desk, and having the speakers sit higher than my computer monitor, and tilt downward. This could both increase the space behind them to the wall and the space between myself and them.