Originally Posted by NIN74
The floor looks bad, a lot of open and reflecting walls. Not, it looks not so good.
At least with the Wilson's, their setup technique (WASP method), and their toe-in angle, the effects of reflection are fairly minimized.
To me, from the little that can be seen in the photo with the Wilsons, it looks like he has the ceiling treated with diffusion, the sidewall reflections at listening height treated with something on the walls, the front walls appear to be using the same material (whatever it is). The floor looks like it could use an area rug. We know nothing about the back wall.
I'm not sure if it is cork, rock, or whatever else, but hopefully it is a reflection/absorption combo since the Wilsons are so directional they don't need a lot of absorption on 1st order reflection points - to me it looks to be a combo of diffusion and absorption by the patterning of the material itself, as well as by the patterning of the material with empty wall space. Of course, if that is not cork and is sandy colored rock (which is not an uncommon interior design motif), then it still won't be terrible because of the Wilson speaker minimum wall interaction design, especially since the ceiling reflections will likely be taken care of by the diffusion pattern and the rocky surface would act as diffusion for the sidewall reflections. It would be nice to put something on the floor still, because despite everything else, that would still be a distracting sound issue...
Overall though, if he added a heavy area rug, the room actually looks like it is designed very well to sound very "live" and not "dead," which some people prefer (not me...). It looks like the wood patterning above the cork/rock on the sidewalls adds additional diffusion beyond the cork/rock as well...