What is the most critical component in any loudspeaker system? It isn’t the loudspeakers. And it isn’t the electronics that feed them. It’s the room in which everything sits.
Largely determined by a room’s dimensions, specific frequencies are boosted in some listening positions and sucked out in others. A room mode calculator will tell you your room’s problem frequencies. Alas, the science says these room modes are (almost) non-negotiable.
At higher frequencies, our brain will attempt to separate direct sound from its reflected cousins — from the walls, from the ceiling and from the floor.… Read the full article