The waiting is the hardest part. Somebody said that.
Well, I'm waiting on the GOM, in order to complete and hang the diffusion panels.
And I'm waiting on the second sub, in order to start dialing things in.
And I'm waiting on the Emotiva 8100, since I sold the Denon 4311.
But computer modeling knows no limitations. So I decided to get a head start on where the subs are likely to measure best.
REW now has a great modeling feature that lets you define room size, woofer location, listening location, etc.
I'm trying to optimize for three possible seating locations, all in one row. Sometimes it's two people, sometimes it's one -- and when it's one person, it's in the middle of where the two people seat.
Yes there is a whole second row of guest seating, and I'm not too worried about that.
Here we have the classic "put them in the front corners" approach. Note that the subs are actually about 22" deep, and I just let the software's default handling of them as 1' cubes take over for this first run.
Ugly. Horribly ugly? No, but surely we can do better. It doesn't even have good seat to seat consistency, so correcting is tough.
The advice most people provide, as a rule of thumb, is that 1/4 and 3/4 front wall placement is often a great place to start.
And it's not too bad, as you can see, but also not too great.
A variation on that is, to use 1/4 of the front wall, and 3/4 of the back wall -- though that is an effort to get row-to-row variation minimized, which is not my goal.
So without further ado, let's take a look at what the modeling software said would work best -- both in terms of seat to seat variation for the main listening row AND in terms of not having crazy dips (nulls) that are of course much harder to correct well than a few consistent peaks:
Just like the Harman research, it's mid wall placement, front and rear.
For the front wall, this is not too difficult.
For the rear wall, right now there is seating in that location. Looks like I may need to turn the center seat into a large, rumbling end table!