Structural beam in middle of listening room

Room is 13'X20' with a steel structural beam(covered with wood strips)11' from the short wall behind the speakers, Wilson Sophia 2 with Pass XA30.8 amp.
I am down to twp positions.
Either the speaker woofers 4' from the rear wall behind and 6' apart with the listening chair just in front of the column and 7' from the woofers, or the speakers 6' from the rear wall(per Cardas rec) and the listening chair 2' behind the column so I'm looking at the column. Aesthetics aside, would you expect any adverse sonic effects from the column in front of the listening position?


One column near the middle of the room is right near your chair and causing you problems.  It would be easy, and stronger, to replace the 1 column in the middle with 2 columns each at approximately 1/3 of the span   So you would have a column between your speakers but not near your face and one well behind you.  I would think this would be better.

Of course the more expensive solution is the have a civil engineer design a beam that does not need a column.



Interesting suggestion. In my room I could maybe do away with the single column (too close to my listening position) by an expensive beam that does not need a column - but also, with a circa three thirds arrangement, two columns. Easier and less expensive to install. However the need for a new column makes me hesitate.

Use caution with the 2 column instead of 1 idea. Often the (horizontal) wood girder beam is jointed over the (vertical) support column, meaning the column must be where it is. 

@o_holter Just a suggestion.  I can assure you that the 2 column arrangement is stronger than the one column as your span become shorter (1/3 vs 1/2). 

Not sure what kind of columns you have.  You could do it yourself with one or 2 of these $150 columns (or similar):

Download Room Eq Wizard freeware to your home computer. Generate some pink noise and take some measurements. Use built in computer mike for rough idea to start. That will give you an idea of what issues your room may or may not have as a start. You can then try to correct or maybe just improve  them as needed, measure again, and determine effectiveness.