Originally Posted by SoundofMind
^Very good point on room treatments, Mike.
I think the lack of attention to this is because the audiophile-oriented retailers and mags have no way to market room txs effectively to the average hobbyist. Because every room is different, you can't just walk into a store, pay a grand or two and get effective/appropriate txs.
Another major factor is that Acoustics is a complex science, the learning curve for hobbyists is steep and the amount of time and knowledge necessary to accomplish the task is considerable. Even the measurement tools needed to do room txs have only recently become more user-friendly, as with OmniMic and the brand new developments with REW/usb calibrated mics.
It's been much easier for me to buy a new AVR with the latest improved version of Audyssey. And I'm not alone in this, as we can see from the enthusiasm for the 4311 and 4520 with XT32. That said, as you tx the room properly, your DSPRC will be able to do an even better job. DSP alone is no substitute for txs, if you're aiming for best SQ, as you well know. I did a few informal treatments to the room such as "acoustic" curtains and a large padded area rug but no measurements or formal treatments so far. I'm interested but daunted by the complexity and time required.
Good points and I understand, it's taken me a while to get up to speed, and the immersion process involved reading 2 key books, "Master Handbook of Acoustics" by F. Alton Everest, a perfect follow-up book is "Sound Reproduction: The Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms" by Floyd Toole.
Then lots of other online reading.
“best” audio/sound in a listening room, these parameters are tackled in prioritized order:
1. Speaker location, 2. Listener position, 3. Acoustic treatments, 4. Electronic correction.
Just people shy away from the best bang for buck, IMO, the speaker/room interaction management by acoustic treatments.
Being an engineer mindset, I've tried to de-mystify acoustics as much as possible in posts, and always give information/education to help people understand/grasp for themselfs.
I'll step off my acoustics soapbox, for now.
(in my HT after I'm "done" with the 11.1 upgrade and multi subwoofer integration, I'm looking at re-doing my acoustics from absorption to absorption/diffusion, most likely make my own BAD panels.....)
Fun hobby, always learning.