The simple and highly laudable fact is that while advancements in understanding have been made to improve products signal integrity with lower noise floors & harmonic distortions etc, the key component that contributes and introduces more than 70% of the distortions to our listening experience is the relationship between the loudspeaker (the voice of the system) and the room that they are to perform in.
Looking at it in a slightly different way, investing in ever more accurate loudspeakers which are truly more phase coherent, dynamically unconstrained with ever wider bandwidth while doing nothing about the fundamentals or advanced acoustical issues in your room, is almost akin to throwing your money away. If you had been informed that your house was built on an unstable foundation, but you carried on with the build anyway, trying to compensate with alternate solutions, with ever more expense that would essentially end up in the same place – likely being condemned or substandard – then you rationally wouldn’t do it, right?
So why do we, on the whole, choose to ignore this fundamental when it comes to playing music?
Don’t ignore the fundamentals
Acoustic treatment isn’t fun, it’s not particularly interesting, and it’s certainly not sexy – for sure it’s not like buying a new shiny piece of equipment. However, it’s the most rewarding investment most listeners will ever make and something that will keep on giving, letting you hear the true nature of any new speaker, source, amplifier or ancillary you might introduce into your system, consequently helping you to make the right choice and invest wisely.
Understandably, if you don’t have a dedicated room to listen to music then domestically it can sometimes be challenging to accommodate any truly effective, targeted & specific solutions. There are some relatively simple things that you most likely already or can employ to help with the basic’s – reflective, absorptive surfaces placed at key points – rugs or carpeted floors, wall hangings, curtains, bookcases or even sofas acting as bass traps etc. These are relatively blunt solutions in reality that can often have crude effects elsewhere in the frequency spectrum but nonetheless will help to make things more listenable/enjoyable, but make no mistake whether your room sounds ok or is truly a nightmare our careful measured approach with our products will be revelatory!
With Acustica Applicata and Stillpoints Aperture 2’s we have the two most accomplished and wholly effective room acoustic tools on the market. Both are able to be positioned, repositioned and are both adjustable as well as effective while leaving a near invisible acoustic fingerprint, when applied appropriately and correctly.
We would urge anyone, where possible, to have their room surveyed by ourselves and one of our partners to unlock the potential of your system.
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