I keep myself very busy, that is why when I get the chance to sit for awhile and listen to music, like I did tonight, I really appreciate it. I'm enthralled with my new speakers, so much so that I put in an order for the Wilson Audio Specialties Watch Center for my center channel speaker and Sophia Series 2 for my surround channel speakers. I'm in for a pound now, instead of just a penny.
I haven't listened to Sting's first solo album (The Dream of the Blue Turtles) all the way through in a long time (likely since I was in highschool and bought it as my first CD for my first CD player). It is a very well engineered album, also quite involving and engaging on the Watt Puppy 8s. I close my eyes and get to be there.
We finished some of the last notes on the room construction today, and I think I hear a VERY clear difference in the bass response and coherency. It is now tighter, faster, and more distinct. What did we do? Well we caulked the passive resonator in the front of the room to be sealed air tight and we applied the final framing to its entire edges so it matches the framing around the rest of the room (red oak). It is now sealed tight, and the bass seemed to respond in kind.
I can hear the difference when I tap on it as well. It used to reverberate longer and oscillated more during that vibration, now it has a fast, steady decay. It seems to be the same effect I'm hearing from the lower bass as well.... Who knows though, perhaps it is all in my head. I won't know until I take measurements and compare the 3D spectral decay charts (if I understand what they are correctly...).