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Loudness imbalance in speakers:
11/26/12 at 23:40:57
 
OK, first a long-shot of my system / room...



I'm experiencing a disparity in apparent loudness favoring the right speaker... Using basic Decware gear, there is no way to change the balance... Even my Decware CDP has a ganged stereo output pot...

Another thing is that I have zero leeway in moving the speakers, as they must be on the console table in the shown position...

Any ideas here?... (m.)
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Re: Loudness imbalance in speakers:
Reply #1 - 11/27/12 at 00:04:58
 
First thing first. Swap speaker cables side for side to make sure problem follows, to rule out speakers.
Then swap interconnects to rule out source.
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Re: Loudness imbalance in speakers:
Reply #2 - 11/27/12 at 00:26:25
 
Right... I swapped ICs, output tubes, speaker wire, and even swapped the speakers themselves... The volume still favors the right side...
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Re: Loudness imbalance in speakers:
Reply #3 - 11/27/12 at 00:44:01
 
Cool speakers Mark, what are they?
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Re: Loudness imbalance in speakers:
Reply #4 - 11/27/12 at 00:47:55
 
Tang Band D3-1 back loaded horn speakers... They come in a kit form directly from TB...
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Re: Loudness imbalance in speakers:
Reply #5 - 11/27/12 at 00:59:00
 
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I swapped ICs, output tubes, speaker wire, and even swapped the speakers themselves...


Weird! When you switched the speaker wires, was it the speaker end only. This could identify it as the amp.

Is this a new amp?

I suppose it is possible that some weird room canceling is happening. I would call Steve tomorrow. Great trouble shooter, and the fixer if is in the amp.
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Re: Loudness imbalance in speakers:
Reply #6 - 11/27/12 at 01:02:52
 
I think your right speaker is adding the amplitude of resonance from the right hand side wall to the original signal.  Your left hand speaker is less constrained by walls, comparatively speaking.

Try to hang some kind of cloth on that wall, and see if this balances out the volume bias.  If it does, there's need to put some absorption material there, permanently, with an acceptable 'WAF'

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Re: Loudness imbalance in speakers:
Reply #7 - 11/27/12 at 01:05:01
 
(@ Will)  Hi... No, swapped the speaker wires completely... I think I may be looking at a speaker / room interface problem here... As you can see, the right speaker has much more wall behind it on both sides, and an adjacent corner... Funny thing is, I can put my left ear right up to both, and the right speaker still seems to be louder... Of course, this can still be because of the rear wall...
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Reply #8 - 11/27/12 at 01:10:31
 
(@ Fireblade)  I have no wife... Do I need to get one before I do the mod you suggested?...
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Reply #9 - 11/27/12 at 01:10:55
 
And/or, toe the the right speaker in in small progressive increments. And/or try toeing in both the same way. This could possibly change room reflections and cancelation. Worth a test anyway.
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Re: Loudness imbalance in speakers:
Reply #10 - 11/27/12 at 01:17:13
 
Good idea... It might make a small difference... Only thing is, the cone point metal discs are seated pretty well on the table... I'll have to unstick them...
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Re: Loudness imbalance in speakers:
Reply #11 - 11/27/12 at 01:19:25
 
Not really, Mark   Smiley  

I think the problem is compounded by the proximity of the back wall.  I assume you must be hearing slight echoes/reverberation, to a certain extent, possibly correlating with volume pot position?

Even if that speaker is tilted to the left, you may still experience resonance addition (overlapping) sound waves through the back-firing ports also.  I woud just hang a large beach towel there, just to check.

An even easier test would be to slide that table in an arc, from right to left, with the left speaker position as pivot, to momentarily place that right speaker farther from that corner.
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Re: Loudness imbalance in speakers:
Reply #12 - 11/27/12 at 01:22:37
 
If you can't trace it to the equipment then it is the room. Looking at the room it looks like thr rt. side is closer to a wall then the left.
If you stand between the speaker the sound should be very focused and from the center. If it sounds diffused try swapping the +- on one speaker only. If it sounds more difussed switch it back.
It maybe early relections coming from the right wall. For a fast test hang a heavy blanket on it. Although it is not the best way to test it, it may show you what the problem is.
I would place some broadband absorbtion on the rt wall to help balance the room anyway.
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Re: Loudness imbalance in speakers:
Reply #13 - 11/27/12 at 01:29:23
 
I think I'm looking at a speaker / wall proximity problem here... Everything else is in good order... I would say about a 3db+ difference across the spectrum... It really does make a difference in the soundstage...

There are no rear ports on these speakers... They are full-range back-loaded horns, but the horn mouth is front firing... I chose these because I knew the speakers would be almost against the back wall...
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Re: Loudness imbalance in speakers:
Reply #14 - 11/27/12 at 01:42:39
 
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An even easier test would be to slide that table in an arc, from right to left, with the left speaker position as pivot, to momentarily place that right speaker farther from that corner.


Maybe, but the toeing test is still relevant. It will cause reflections to change pattern, and possibly combing cancelation. 3db is notable alright.
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