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Wow. It has been decades since I last saw this one. It goes back to the heyday of audiofoolery - they even suggested that it was vital to remove anything from the room that had another speaker in it - including a telephone!
It seems fairly obvious that it is gibberish. In a stereo system there are two speakers in the room - if the hypothesis made sense, then one of the speakers would have to go! And a modern multichannel system would be fatally compromised from the get-go.
Where did you read this recently? I thought the idea had died years ago. Anry has posted a link to the official debunking :)
One speaker will interfere with the other. If having a telephone in the room will cause problems, then having a huge additional speaker in the room will too, won’t it? The whole idea is ludicrous and has been comprehensively debunked in blind tests. Follow Arny's link for the full hilarity. It's in the same audiofool category as drawing a green ring around the edge of your CDs makes them sound better. And resting the speaker cables on upturned wine glasses to keep the cables off the floor.
P T Barnum was spot on. He'd have made millions from audiophiles...
That's right. It doesn't make any sense that having more than one speaker in a room produces distorted sound.
Yes - meanwhile they ignore absolutely HUGE room-induced deviations in the frequency response. Amazing how they reckon they can hear the minute differences between one DAC and another, yet seem oblivious to a 20-30dB peak or null in their FR.
Oh yes - but let's forget all that. Let's focus on hearing the differences between DACs. Or on the obvious audible sonic degradation that happens if we stupidly leave a telephone in the room while using our stereo systems... ;)