Quote Exalted Wombat:
And then, having agonised over speaker position, move your head just a few inches in any direction. For a more dramatic demonstration, agonise over headphone choice then, with ANY set, push the cups just a tiny bit tighter to your ears. I can almost guarantee you'll hear a difference as great as that from all the "fine tuning" - with headphones it will be an order of magnitude greater.
That's so true! Similarly, cup your hands behind your ear & listen to any mix for a minute. When you take your hands away it will instantly sound crap. Apparently the original design brief for ears favoured listening for predators, above listening to speakers.
Not much in life worth running for. Or from.