In order to achieve the best possible sound it is highly recommended to not only consider the interaction between the loudspeakers and the surrounding acoustic environment but also the position of the listener relative to the loudspeakers. Here are some important suggestions.
Distance and Level
The Epic 55 is a “mid-field” monitor, designed with more low-end power, and intended for larger spaces than our Epic 5 "near-field" monitor – with the best combination being both, provided your space can accommodate the Epic 55.
Epic 55 is optimized for a listening distance of 1.2 m to 2.5 m, in either vertical or horizontal positions.
The orientation of the Epic 55 will dictate the height for the ideal listening position. When used in an upright position, the ideal height will be similar to the Epic 5, with the listener's ears level to the tweeter.
When used in a horizontal position, the entire speaker cabinet must be in a higher position, with the tweeter level with the listener's ears.
Another important consideration of the Epic 55s position is the width of the audio projection field, which varies depending on the position in which the speaker is used.
Vertical Position (Side View Shown)
When the Epic 55 is is used in an upright position, its projection field is wider horizontally (i.e., side-to-side, and narrower vertically (i.e., up and down).
Horizontal Position (Top View Shown)
When used in a horizontal position, the projection field is narrow horizontally (i.e., side-to-side, and wide vertically (i.e., up and down).
To achieve perfect stereo imaging please make sure that the position of the speakers – and the listener of course – are located symmetrically in the room. To clarify, if there are walls left and right, as there quite probably are, the distance from left speaker to left wall and right speaker to right wall should be (approximately) similar. The farther away the walls are the more leeway you have as the reflected sound will be delayed more.
Please make sure there are no obstacles between the speakers and your ears. Nothing that will obstruct or break the sound waves, like monitor screens, large-leafed plants, etc... Acoustically transparent elements can be placed there, but we can’t think of any qualifying items currently. Please let us know if you find exceptions to the rule!
The often quoted equilateral triangle is a practical recommendation, but depending on the spatial configuration of the listening room and the amount and quality of any reflections (primarily from the walls, ceiling and floor) it might be preferable to move the listening position to a spot slightly inside the triangle.
An easy way to find the optimal listening position is to play a mono signal over both speakers, moving slowly back and forth until a solid phantom source is discernible in the middle.
In order to achieve perfect temporal alignment we recommend NOT using your Epic 5s on a writing desk or placing them below ear level. Please make sure to use a stand or leveler to achieve the right position.