With no actual credenza in our house, I used as mock-up a table in the entry hall. Ours is a two-story house with inside 'balcony' aka landing so this area has a 6+ meter rising ceiling. To keep with the compact system idea which a credenza setup encourages, I kept it very simple with a Soundaware A1Pro SD DAC whose balanced output drove a small 50wpc Simon Audio i5 integrated. I sat at just 2 meters away.

Compared to upstairs, the sound now had issues. Staging became even more diffusive and amorphous. Given the long reflective path lengths encountered by the upfiring drivers with a double-plus ceiling, that was no surprise. Hearing it simply actualized it. On imaging, I'd now entered a MidFi zone where high-class soundstaging doesn't really factor. More objectionable were the second and third octaves above middle C. Those became forward and a bit steely. This was likely an arrival time imbalance between tweeter and mid/woofer. It had high notes and the upper harmonics of mid tones arrive too early. This tilt was most apparent on premium piano recordings where just one instrument traverses the entirety of the bandwidth to lay bare any pronounced hot spots or zones.

It's of course unlikely that many if any prospective Syzygy owners will have a quasi cathedral space as their primary listening space. My little experiment's takeaway is just confirmation that it wouldn't be the best idea. Would this proviso also extend to our main listening area with its lower vaulted ceiling?

The obvious fix to make Syzygy ceiling invariant would be to copy Markus Duevel and Franck Tchang; or how Mark Wong and Daniel Lee of Mark & Daniel set up their ambient tweeters. Use reflectors right above your omni driver/s. Franck's César at left demonstrates how. Such dispersion lenses or 'hats' insure that first reflections occur within mere centimeters of the diaphragms, not off a ceiling of unknown height. That would simply change the current Syzygy look. There will be solid reason why László Raffai prefers his hat-less solution so let's deal with that on its own merit.

At this juncture, he emailed in with an update.

"It's very nice to see how much effort you put into listening to our speakers in different rooms/conditions. For your information, we're in the process of shooting professional photos and finalizing packaging for our own stand. I've attached early photos for your reference. You'll note the dedicated area for the vent whose small diameter is to combine the fast/tight response of a closed box with the extended reach of a vented box." Voilà, dedicated stands to look and work the part/port.