107 - Small Room Acoustics De-Mythologized
It is certainly no surprise that there are great differences in the perceived sonic qualities of small listening rooms compared to large auditoriums. But it is not so easy to physically characterize, or even accurately describe, what these differences are. And once these differences are more completely understood, how can this understanding help the serious recorded music listener to optimize his listening environment? Several questions come to mind: Can a small listening room be made to sound like a concert hall? Should the listening room be “dead” or “live”? Can the listening room acoustics improve on the acoustics of the original recording? Where should the loudspeakers be placed? Where should the listener sit? Would electrical equalization benefit the sound system? If so, how should this equalization be adjusted for optimum effect?