Hey all! This is my first post here, but I’ve been watching Z videos for a while now. I’ve been going down the rabbit hole and I’m hoping you guys can give me some advice.
Some context: I’m building an entirely new PC “battlestation”. My use case will be 70% gaming, 30% music, but I’d really like the music part to sound a lot better than it does now with the world’s worst Logitech 2.1 speakers (you know the ones, and if you don’t, just think “wow, these are terrible” and you’ll be in the ballpark). Due to space constraints my desk (6’x2’) will be directly against a wall, and whatever speakers I get will be flanking a 38" monitor.
Pretty much every review and every speaker user guide says not to put speakers that close to a wall, not to put them that close together, and to put them an equal distance from each other and the listening position. But that’s what’s gonna happen because I don’t have an alternative.
So, the questions are: how badly will this affect the sound quality, and will using a front ported vs rear ported speaker reduce this negative effect? If I add an under-desk subwoofer and high-pass the speakers to reduce their low end, will that help?
Here’s a little more insight into my thought process: I was originally thinking of getting the KEF Q150s when they go on sale for $300, but they’re rear-ported. So then I started looking into front-ported options like the Elac Debut, Focal Chorus, Triangle Br03, Monitor Audio, but even those are said to need a foot or more of “breathing room” from the nearest barrier. At that point I wasn’t sure if I should just say eff it and stick with the KEFs, or if one of the front-ported options would be “less bad” in that situation, or if I should spend a lot more to get something like a Speedwoofer 10s or SVS-SB1000 and a miniDSP and take the low end away from the main speakers while still having a low end.
I kind of feel like the sub/miniDSP option is really overkill considering I’ll mostly be listening to alien heads exploding and Commander Zavala monologuing about a war with the Cabal on Mars, but I also feel like going with standalone rear-ported speakers will be an expensive way to be disappointed when I put on some tunes while working from home.
I suspect the general advice will be “try a bunch of different configurations and see what works”, but that requires a lot of purchases upfront. So, does anyone have any experience or anecdotal feedback on a similar situation? Anything that can help to narrow down the options would be very much appreciated.