Originally Posted by RonaldoCombs
I understand and as said will get a thicker rug and there are some liveable acoustical treatments out there that I will order.
By wondering how Revel's sound I mean in general - I've heard all the others. There is no normal dealer in Seattle & the custom install shops Revel's web site says sell them don't answer there phone.
I agree that fixing the room is the best idea from an acoustical standpoint, if not necessarily from a visual standpoint. However to do a really good job requires a lot of square feet of deep treatment if the room is really very live. Rule of thumb is that the area of 90%
absorptive treatment should be at least equal to the floor area. If the treatment is less efficient, more square feet are required for the same amount of benefit. More is better..
My suggestion as a professional acoustical consultant is to treat as much of the room as feasible but if it remains too live, consider using highly directional speakers such as Magnepans, large electrostatics, etc. Since the major problem in a highly reverberant environment is likely to be a low direct to reverberant ratio, highly directive speakers can help almost as much as absorptive surface treatments. I once designed a system for a client that wanted it in a very hard atrium in his architect designed house. We used large Magnepans and the sound was truly magnificent despite the lack of treatment.
If the room is really live, no low directivity speaker, including most B&W's and Revels, are likely to sound very good. This from a critical listener with all B&W 800 series speakers (in a highly treated room).
BTW, a thicker carpet is unlikely to make much difference - it is still too thin. If you go that route, and there is at least some benefit to it, make sure the backing is not sealed and can breathe, and put it on a thick horsehair underlayment. But again, the carpet absorption is probably less than 20%, even if fairly thick, so it does not do much.