Some self proclaimed hi-end speaker "manufactures" spend a *lot* of time in different forums implying and flat out stating that the room, and adjusting the room's acoustical parameters such as standing wave behaviour and reflective surfaces to balance out the the speaker behaviour and how it interacts with the room to achieve a better listening experience, is completely unimportant and wrong.
They seem to often state that "room treatment" it is a seriously bad approach for good sound reproduction -in fact some of them somewhat naiively state nonsense in forums like this along the lines that "Bandaids and gauze can't cure cancer. Only ease the pain and other such symptoms. Treating the source can."
Their belief, it seems, is that they've (naturally
)found a divine way of creating a divine speaker design that will in some *magical* way will be able to take full advantage of each lsitening rooms's positive contributions to the listening experience and stereo illusion, and at the same time remove every single negative contribution that there has ever been from a pair of speakers placed in *any* room. All this without any sort of adjustment, other than perhaps *placement* of their oh, so "divine" one-fits-all speaker design (I whish they'd been in the shoe buissness instead of speakers
Now, sometimes I like to beleave I have a pretty decent understanding on what different dispersion patterns do to the stereo illusion, with several dynamic dipole designs including Linkwitz Orion's passing by my listening space, as well as a couple of cardio-designs from Gradient, the occational transmission audio baffles etc, and my personal experience is that it all boils down to speaker room combination and what parameters you think is important.
So, I'm allways laughing (andI bet a fair amount of knowledgable people laugh with me) when "manufacturers" claim they have the sealed the "golden nugget" in forums like this with the right sound for any room, and they still, somehow need to produce speakers that are of completely different designs depending on price tag!?!
Does this devine speaker have to change design to work in different rooms if the buyer have more money to spend?!? Sounds strange to me...
Like, for example, some manufacturers that promote a semi-expensive coax+actively powered bass design that is semi-omnipolar and at the same time they push a coax/cardio-bass (=a ripp of, of Gradient Speakers)?
There's no way in hell tose two will sound even remotely alike in every room at the same listeing level regardless of placement! What's up with that!?!