I also found that my R500's benefitted greatly by experimenting with placement. Right now I've got about 17" behind them to the wall. Because I can't spread them apart far enough where they are, when I use them for more critical music listening I have to sit about 5 feet from them. In that position, they are their best and quite stunning given the cost. \n\nFor movies, the seating position is much further away and they're just not as good though the R200c does its job well, as do the R100's.