You have a selective memory then. Or did you not read the following two pages after that video....
This one is far more fun - the same guy. Watch him set up a HT. He walks around the room talking, and this is how he decides where to place the speakers Inch perfect! Look out for the "zone of neutrality" but don't laugh too loud or you will miss the "zone of interaction" Maybe they made this video before measuring software and calibrated mics had been invented. And look at the room - not an acoustic treatment in sight. You just *know* that the sound in that room is going to be really horrible - boomy bass, reflections all over the place. Wow!
Yawn...just more unsubstantiated subjective claims. I'd like to see that guy take a proper level matched dbt with those amps he mentioned.
Thanks for wasting my time. It's the typical audio marketing verbiage only naive viewers take as proof that the man is an "expert". And because he is an "expert" he must be making and selling only the best equipment available, right?
"Tonal balance". That isn’t the same thing as "frequency response". I'm glad he cleared that up These are the guys who make speakers that cost $200,000. And then they put them in an untreated room, with the MLP hard up against the bare back wall. But at least they got them in the "zone of neutrality", positioned to an accuracy of 1/4 inch. I am still laughing my a$$ off at that part of the video I linked to above. Now that one really is a 'must watch' video!
He is world renowned for making expensive, ugly, overhyped speakers. I think he intentionally makes them ugly as hell so people like you will think there must be something really special about them. That ugly but that expensive... must be function over form... must sound superb! He breaks a few rules I find important in speaker design and wouldn't own a pair at any price. Nor do I give his ramblings about the Neutral Zone any more credence than I do those of Capt Picard.
I'm saying what he said made no sense. He doesn’t need me to diss him - he did a great job of that himself in that video with the "zone of neutrality". Did you look at that yet? It's a real hoot.
Ever seen the frequency response plot of one of his speakers? What measures that bad will sound bad.
What - even when placed within 1/4 inch of the "zone of neutrality" - just outside the "zone of interaction"? LOL
He spends a fortune on cabinet resonances only to let driver resonances ring through, frequency response is "suboptimal", horizontal dispersion isn't controlled, power response thus imbalanced, vertical dispersion is atrocious because he insists on physically separating drivers in separate enclosures.
And yet, judging by that HT setup video, he feels there is no need at all for any sort of room treatments.
I wouldn't say he's an idiot. I'd say he's a con artist. And at the prices he's charging, he doesn't have to con too many people to make a good living. Plus, as a bonus, the price also cons the Stereophile reviewers.
He didn't come across in that video as someone whose advice you'd want to take for sure. Walking around the room and talking is not an accepted way to determine the placement of speakers. The "zone of neutrality" and the "zone of interaction" are not terms that are generally used in this pursuit - indeed I have never even seen them referenced before. The positioning of the couch right hard up against the back wall is not a good place, acoustically, for the MLP. The latter is made substantially worse in the absence of any kind of acoustic treatment on the back wall.
That is not what I got from the post. Duping people takes at least some raw cunning.
Wilson, being a con artist, wants you to believe otherwise. He wants you to think that the only way to achieve this mysterious balance is to invite some shaman into your listening room to talk to the walls. This is an understandable position for a shaman
Is it not blindingly obvious to you that 'tonal balance' and 'frequency response' are the same thing? Of course I disagree with the "idiot".