Some time ago I made this little guide how to measure your system. I'd like to continue this with a more complete guide how to finalize the setup to get the most out of your system. This will include about everything under the sun because I believe it's important to understand the large picture. For those who haven't read the guide it's available here:
Measure your system.
Before I start, this thread should be seen as a compliment to the other one. I'm not a big supporter of the "setup your entire system by ear-camp" but I've often said you need to do some parts by ear. Soo, what's up with the fine tuning I talk about? Isn't it enough to tune to a pre-determined target response and leave it at that? What do we hear, what are we aiming for? These are the kind of questions I'd like to discuss. I'm not a know-it-all but over the years I've made a few conclusions what's important and what's not. Hopefully someone can contribute further in this subject to make it an interesting read.
Just as the other thread I'm going to split my posts in several parts as I will discuss several subjects. Lot of the discussion will involve measurements but it will also include subjective stuff this time. I often refrain from using subjective terms when describing audible performance of speakers/equipment or systems because I believe they are completely useless. I'll explain why later on. I'll also try to discuss some of the terms often used in the audiophile industry because I think noone really has touched the subject. Anyway, I'll share some of my thoughts in the following subjects:
* Tonal balance - Target response curves and acquisition.
--- Subgenre: Source material, recordings, compression.
* Staging - The importance of Equalization and Time Coherency.
* Advanced measurement data acquisition for troubleshooting.
* (Install) Speaker placement - Pros and Cons, the best compromise?
* The importance of 'Distortion', how you can optimize performance.
* Speaker choices - What should you look for?
* The human factor - Listening fatigue, audible correlations with what we can measure, are we hearing the same things?, subjective terms - what do they mean? (large subject, saving this for last).