Originally Posted by D Bone
I've got a question for you guys, does room EQ make speakers "sound the same"? What I mean by that is if you had 5 identical rooms set up with 5 different manufactures' speakers all set up identically, does Audyssey/YPAO/MCACC/ect.. end up making all 5 of those speakers systems sound the "same"? Would they now all sound the way Audyssey/YPAO/MCACC/ect wanted them to sound based on their design?
I guess another way to ask this is if Andrew Jones sat down in a room that was auto EQd to listen to his speakers, would he be like "these aren't my speakers, they sound nothing like what I intended"?
What say you all?
That's an interesting question. IMO, if Andrew Jones listened to his speakers in five different rooms, they would sound slightly different in each room, but would always sound like his speakers. And that is exactly what he would expect, given the importance of speaker/room interaction in defining the sound that actually reaches the listener.
Speakers with very similar driver and cabinet designs, can still sound quite different depending on how internal crossovers, and other design factors are implemented. But hypothetically, if you had very similar sounding speakers, placed in very similar sounding rooms, they would sound very similar, at similar listening distances, even without room correction.
Then, depending on how the room correction were implemented, the sound might either converge more, or start to diverge a bit. I still believe that with room correction, as with much else, the devil's in the details, with respect to both inherent design, and practical implementation.
Some people talk about Audyssey's ability to timbre match speakers, but I think that capability is overstated. For instance, electrostatic speakers have a very distinct sound to me, and I don't think that Audyssey, or any room correction system, can or should, change the inherent sound of the speakers. All that it should try to do, and all that it can really try to do in my experience, is to improve the speaker/room interaction, by removing some distortion at the listening area.
But the essential tone, or timbre, of the speaker is largely unaffected by that process of removing distortion in the listening area, IMO. I can hear not only gross differences in my speakers, but fairly subtle ones as well, irrespective of anything that XT-32 is doing. YMMV!