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Hi,

I've got a respectable hi-fi stereo setup. My speakers are a pair of Kef Q-300's, I have a Marantz PM-6004 stereo amplifier, and I'm using a DacMagic Plus as my DAC.

I am usually about 1.75 - 2.5 feet from my speakers, which are each beside my screen (they are spaced apart by approximately 3 center from center).

My issue: At low and mid-low sound levels, audio is often not "fun"... it doesn't feel like I'm listening to a hi-fi setup.

I'm wondering whether I should wall-mount my speakers to give them slightly further distance (and spacing) from each other. I'm also wondering if there's any recommended sound alteration profiles that might help specifically with low audio level listening (these speakers seem to be very accurate... flat tonality... close to studio style... so I'm wondering if coloring the sound at low sound levels might bring them out a little). Listening to music at mid-high to high sound levels, the details come out brilliantly, so that's not an issue.

Side-note if anyone is reading: any headphones one would recommend to pair with a Dacmagic Plus? (if I got headphones I wouldn't want to get a headphone amp... Dacmagic Plus has an amp built in... obviously not as good as a good dedicated one, but still)
    
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The Q300 is front ported, so you should be able to push them back toward the wall without hindering them. Being closer to the back wall should help accent low-range frequencies (which is usually the biggest issue with low-volume listening). Just make sure when you're pushing them farther back that you compensate for their distance apart to keep your listening position very near to being an equilateral triangle and to avoid your monitor blocking any sound.
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