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my question is simple, my reason is a little bit more complicated. the question: one of my speakers is about 8 inches further away than the other one, should i use time alignment after the room EQ plugin? i've uploaded a picture of my layout, maybe it will help with confusion. i'd like to think i could simply set the time alignment and answer the question myself, but i can't because there's like 1.5dB splash off the television next to my computer monitor. the television is angled some towards my chair. because of the splashing, i don't know if i'm overshooting my effort or if it is because the screen is angled. what makes finding the answer more difficult for me.. the left speaker is by the wall .. the right side of the room doesn't have a wall. i can see on the VU meter that room EQ has lowered the amplitude of the left side some. makes sense to me because without the correction applied, the left side is clearly louder than the right (my balance is in the middle). i don't know if room EQ has adjusted the delay for the left side or simply lowered the amplitude. okay, an answer based on what i hear? well without the time alignment vocals seem to smear from the speaker all the way to the middle. with the time alignment, the smearing is gone and the sound is focused in the middle - plus or minus the splashing. room EQ is supposed to fix the phase issues, but if the time alignment is wrong.. is what i'm hearing (i don't know what to call it) phase issues? cross-correlation issues? combing artifacts? i'm SORRY because i don't know if all that ambiance is intended or not. i know the ambiance is gone with the time alignment. i think i'd have an answer myself if it wasn't for the television. it's highly important to me because i plan on going around locally to calibrate people's audio and video. i don't want to do it wrong. as i said, i don't know if all the ambiance is a style (which would basically be THE style i guess) or artifacts. thanks for reading my post.