Many of us are staying at home being safe. That’s great. While at home, we’re upgrading our stereo systems, repositioning the speakers for best sound, enjoying music. All the things we didn’t have time to do before this.
It’s what it is and I am encouraging us all to enjoy the moment and make the most of it.
To that end, how about adding some reading to your list of things to do?
The biggest failing of almost all the audio systems I’ve heard, outside shows, are the rooms people listen in. Too small rooms, with large speakers is one of the biggest ones.
The perfect room
The perfect room for audio playback is called a headphone. With headphones, we suffer no added insults to what’s recorded on our discs or streamed on our systems. Yet, headphones don’t offer the same experience as loudspeakers playing in rooms.
Every room adds and subtracts to the music we listen to. None are neutral, all change what we hear and experience.
So why even bother with loudspeakers? Because they provide a closer approximation of what happened live. Live acoustic music is not recorded in anechoic chambers, nor is music intended to be received only by our ears. When we attend a live concert we feel the vibrating air as much as we hear it.
The trick with rooms is to make them as neutral as possible