Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Fitting speakers to rooms

I get a lot of questions. Often, they start out with the room’s dimensions and then progress towards the meat of the subject. What speakers should I buy?

I am unconvinced there’s a legitimate relationship between the room and the choice of loudspeakers.

Yes, of course it’s probably not a good idea to put a 6.1 foot tall pair of Duntech Sovereigns in a closet, just like it’s perhaps not the best idea to hope that a pair of 2-way bookshelf speakers will fill an auditorium.

But within reason, speakers should not be chosen to match room dimensions.

Instead, speakers should be chosen to match expectations for the types of music you listen to. Some speakers are better at jazz and classical than rock music and metal. Others sound good on all music and great on none.

When you’re in the market for new speakers, jump right to the reviews that speak to you about music. How do potential speakers jive with the types of music you’re hoping to get right in your room?

Worrying about matching speakers to rooms is a little like stressing over which style of clothing works best in a particular suitcase.

Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Artificial sweeteners

Coffee. I never drink it black. A practice some baristas frown upon. Like putting ketchup on a steak.

“What, you don’t like the taste of coffee?” scolded a local coffee aficionado.

Here’s the thing. I do like the taste of coffee but only when sweetened.

How’s that related to stereo? Simple. I love music and enjoy listening to it on a great system when it sounds sweet.

To suggest I don’t like music when its reproduction grates on my nerves misses the point.

We like what we like in the way it suits our personal tastes. If yours leans towards over-etched and detailed while mine borders on softer and sweeter, it doesn’t necessarily mean we like our tunes artificially anything.

Instead, I would suggest it means we’re both comfortable enough in our own shoes to know what we like and go for it.

There’s a big difference between the two.