Originally Posted by arnyk
Leather and cloth, like everything else are neither true reflectors or true absorbers. Instead they are someplace in between and reflect and absorb different sounds differently. All cloth is not the same and neither is all leather. The type of global, black and white statement presented above is terribly flawed and over-simplifies a complex area.
There are some cloths you certainly would not want to use for speaker grille cloth, for instants, as they will mask the high frequencies.
But I will stand by my statement, leather is more of a reflector than cloth.
Room acoustics reminds me a bit of cooking. If you get the right ingredients and mix them together in the right proportions you can get something wonderful. There are many kinds of wonderful and a wide variation in ingredients and processes can all give excellent results.
This is true, to an extent. And I have said many times, two houses with the exact same room being used for audio, but with different furnishings will produce a slightly different sound.
Don't diss leather chairs on the grounds of acoustics.
I also don't like sitting on leather, I've had leather chairs in the past, never again.
Science is not a friend of this post. The wave length of a given frequency is the same in all rooms. There is no relationship between the size of a room and the lowest frequency it can transmit to the ears. Different sized rooms give different results but there is no evidence that any size room is incapable of effectively supporting all frequencies in the audible range. That all said, your efforts to get good sound will vary depending on the size of the room.
In the last house I had in Nevada, the total room (LR/DR) was 32 ft long. The dining table was at the far end, from the audio system. I sat at the end of the table, facing the system, with my back against the wall (which was only about 4 ft wide with a wide opening to the hallways/kitchen).
There were deep bass notes in that corner that could NOT be heard anywhere else in that room. Most certainly not within the first 20 ft, which was the length of the LR. At which point there was an 8'-8"x7' archway with sliding pocket doors to close off the room when needed.