Originally Posted by mijotter
considering buying some bluray storage racks from canam, but they are metal. It seems to me this would have a negative effect in the room for sound. Is this true. What about Glass shelves?
It depends on what you are trying to "do" with your system.
If you are trying to have it accurately reproduce sound-then you should be in a room that is free of reflections (including walls-ceiling-large objects etc.) if you want ot hear the music as it was recorded.
However if you are wanting a particular "experience" that is not in the music-then it could be anything-fro pointing speakers at walls to make the sound "bounce around" or whatever. But it is not faithful to the original recording at that point.
I would hope that the equipment shelves would be out of the main pattern of the speakers enough that it would cause minimal effect.
But if you already have the rest of your room done properly (ie in the first reflection path), then yes any hard surface will cause reflections.
The extent depends on the location-pattern control of your speakers and so forth.
Some people like the sound to bounce around (Bose made a fortune on that one) and others like accurate sound reproduction. You can't have both-with the same system.