I’ve been curious about Harman’s research relating to the following variables.
1) Take a speaker with ideal/accurate anechoic measurements and place it in the extremes of a live room and a dead room. Assuming the live vs. dead room will impact the frequency response at the listener’s ears, and assuming that the brain prefers a certain frequency response, could that same ideal/accurate speaker (from anechoic measurements) produce a different frequency response at the listener’s ears, based on the reflective and absorptive characteristics of the room? If the brain prefers a certain frequency response curve, how could the same ideal/accurate speaker (from anechoic measurements) be preferred in both the dead room and live room?
Said another way, if the brain prefers a specific curve at the listening position, is it possible that a non-ideal/accurate speaker (from anechoic measurements), could deliver closer to the preferred curve because of the absorptive or reflective characteristics of the room?
2) Now add in the variable of one's ears and the high frequency hearing loss that males of my age typically have (
). If the brain prefers a certain frequency response, but the ears have high frequency loss, could one prefer speakers (especially in an absorptive room) that are not ideal/accurate (from anechoic measurements) because they “compensate” for hearing loss (and room absorption), and deliver closer to the ideal/flat response that the brain prefers?
Not trying to start any arguments here – just looking to learn and discuss.