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.
Not all Jazz is as Paul describes it, but what he is describing is cool. I like this one.
In the groove
Listening to live recordings of jazz is pretty high on my list of enjoyable pastimes. You often hear great musicians floundering (just a little) as they search around for the groove. Once they find it, the entire group accommodates the riff until….inevitably….they track out of the groove and another musician takes over.
Jazz is such a spontaneous endeavor to suss out new means of expression that it can sometimes be off-putting to those unfamiliar with the art form. And that shouldn’t be surprising. Imagine listening to a carefully crafted classical music piece where accuracy and faithfulness to the score are what’s appreciated. Any deviation from the script destroys the magic.
Jazz, and sometimes rock music and blues, depend upon the new: the daring, the wrong turn down a path that doesn’t always work, the skill of the musician to not only mid-sentence course correct, but find a new path that magically brings everyone together in that most welcome of musical paths, the groove.
There are lots of ways outside of music to hit the groove: when you start clicking with a project, engage in a conversation where there’s a 1:1 communication, or when everything’s working perfectly in your stereo system.
The trick for me is to know when I’m in the groove so I can maximize every single second of that magical moment.
What’s your favorite groove?