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Originally Posted by Tonmeister2008
The Audio Physic's statement is too simplistic.
It is true that humans use the first arrival (the direct sound) to localize the direction of the source, a perceptual phenomena known as the precedence effect. However, the later reflections are still audible and can affect the perceived spatial extent of the source - its distance, apparent width, spaciousness, envelopment
Floyd Toole and I have written a lot about the detection of reflections in typical listening rooms
. This is a long topic that perhaps I will cover in an upcoming series of blog articles.
I have read those articles in the past. And I do know that there will always be reflections as long as there are boundrys for the signal to hit. Unless a room has been made completely dead.
But I was thinking more along the lines of the comparisions of the sound between having speakers (main L/R) very close to walls (imo, too close) or a fair distance away from those walls.
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