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    Does anyone else listen to their hi Fi near field (say less than 6ft from the speakers)? If so what do you find are the pros and cons?
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    i have to due to room layout,it works for me,cant say ive noticed any downsides,i get a lovely centered soundstage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by karma67 View Post
    i have to due to room layout,it works for me,cant say ive noticed any downsides,i get a lovely centered soundstage.
    Thanks Jamie

    I agree that a wonderful soundstage is a big pro. For me the only downside is that it gets a bit tiring after a full day of listening - bit like being front row at a concert for about 8 hrs How is that aspect with your NS1000Ms. I owned a pair many moons ago and they take no prisoners.
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    they are fine,i took a lot of care in setting them up and made my own stands to suit but i do know what you mean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by karma67 View Post
    they are fine,i took a lot of care in setting them up and made my own stands to suit but i do know what you mean.
    I'm guessing you listen at low to modest volumes.
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    unfortunatly yes
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    Quote Originally Posted by karma67 View Post
    unfortunatly yes
    Me also, but with a great system its no great hardship.
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    Sometimes I will stand in front of the speakers, about a metre away, and I love the way they sound there - very detailed and very 3D. I think a lot might have to do with the direct sound from the speakers, rather than it competing with boundary reflections. But I can see how it may get tiring after a while.

    I would put a chair there, but Mrs. P would moan about not being able to see the telly. But if I lived on me bill I would definitely do this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pigmy Pony View Post
    Sometimes I will stand in front of the speakers, about a metre away, and I love the way they sound there - very detailed and very 3D. I think a lot might have to do with the direct sound from the speakers, rather than it competing with boundary reflections. But I can see how it may get tiring after a while.

    I would put a chair there, but Mrs. P would moan about not being able to see the telly. But if I lived on me bill I would definitely do this.
    Its like wearing big head phones and you're right, the direct sound reaches you before all the spurious reflections - clean.


    Another minor downside is you become aware of the mechanical sound of your amp transformers and the small amount of valve hum that all valve amps put out through the speakers.
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    Hi
    I also listen near field, limited by room size.
    The only downside is me, I'd like a bigger room.

    Jamie has heard my system and I've heard his and both systems work great given the space they work in.

    Only difference is due to a deaf neighbour i can play mine as loud as i like

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