Originally Posted by BrolicBeast
Thanks for the input Prepress! Is there any way to judge the room characteristics without measurements? i've long believed that the second I start measuring frequency responses in my room, is the second I stop enjoying the music. this isn't true for everybody, but i have obsessive compulsive tendencies (I ran Audyssey four times, just to make sure there were no variations in the results). What characteristics can I consider for a listening room that Audyssey doesn't already take into consideration?
Hate to burst your bubble, but I'm so primitive I've never used Audyssey. I also got caller ID only 3 years ago, and a cellular phone only last summer (and I average a robust 8 minutes a month usage).
This is all off the top of my head, understand. You can start with construction materials of the room. What are the walls/floors made of? Do they reflect or absorb sound? As ddgtr says, a square room isn't desirable; try for a rectangular one. Also consider how many doors or windows are in there and what furniture there is (which can help break up standing waves, etc.) and when in the room, do sounds tend to echo, or are they flat?
For me, it's always imperative to put a rug on the floor, and furniture can be part of room treatment as well. Couches and chairs can absorb sound and dampen the room a bit depending on what they're made of. If you have bright speakers you'll definitely want to have some treatment, and choose associated components accordingly.
Any more than this and I'd have to actually think
. Hard, since I didn't sleep well last night.