Your Mac has a five-band equalizer; have you tried using it to ameliorate your problem?
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yeah, I have tinnitus as well. I bought Wharfedale Lintons and class A amps, smart cabling and limited the volumes, really helped. Then I moved to new house with a lot bigger room. Now, I have McIntosh MA 8950 Integrated and Polk Audio R700s, I settled on this combo because it works, doesn't aggravate my tinnitus. I find myself getting away with higher volumes with this combo.
Coming from a newbie, as I read your post, your descriptions are somewhat similar to what I had experienced. with my KEF speakers(Though not as nice as an r7) I could not turn the dial past 45 without after 30 minutes having to turn the music off. my solution was to get a case(12) of 703 Owens Corning, rigid fiberglass panels, Joanne fabrics, colored burlap, and fir strips to frame. Placed them strategically around the room. Now I regularly start my listening at 55 and on really good recordings will push it to 65 and listen for as long as I care too. If you have WAF issues professional panels can be purchased at sites like GIK Acoustics. Hope your Listening will once again, be enjoyable.
a) Never point a concentric driver directly at away. Toe it away 15 to 20 deg.
b) If a) wasn’t sufficient, get a Schiit Lokius EQ and start cranking the high bands down.
It is also a wise idea to absorb/place absorptive panels on the ipsilateral/contralateral reflection points.
Thanks for the replies everyone - I currently have the speakers straight out although I did like the sound initially when toed in before my ears started to hurt. I'll try toeing them out too. I do think it could possibly be the room...There is a wall of glass on one side and a brick fireplace on the other, but a big sectional sofa in front of the windows and 9x12 shag rug in the listening area under the sofa .help The ceiling is strange too with low sections and a channel above where the speakers are. I wish I could upload a photo of the room to share. I know it's not ideal. When I do the clap echo test in the seat where I listen, it's not too bad/loud at all . But when I clap near the fireplace or the windows of course it's amplified a LOT and hurts my ears. Is there a way I can post a photo of the room?
I do have an EQ - part of my problem is I historically favor a V shaped setting, which I'm sure dialing up the treble isn't helping the problem. I probably need to learn to enjoy a more neutral sound. I've heard that it's like many of the best things in life, an acquired taste. That said, I don't think my ear is sophisticated enough yet to adjust the EQ for the room conditions.
I was wondering if I should bring the amp somewhere with me to test different speakers (it's 75 lbs!) Or on the other hand, try to audition speakers in the space? I feel like my SO would kill me. haha