I'd love to see some test data on a room set up & treated that way. We've all had our singular listening experiences, and they are important. But testing gives us a way to compare more meaningfully.
This is a valuable point. It may very well be that a particular listener values the response from this particular room. He may also value similar response in other rooms.
It is too easy to be dogmatic about the "right" way of doing things in this hobby. Here are some things GIK says to avoid if at all possible:
– Don’t put your seating right against a wall, back or side. This is the worst place in any room for smooth frequency response. This is the central point of this thread. We can assume that GIK will espouse this philosophy.
– Don’t run your main speakers full range. Get a sub and let it do it’s job. Almost never is the best place for imaging and locking sound to the screen a good place for smooth bass reproduction. Cross your speakers at 80 Hz (this can vary slightly) and put your mains where they need to be. Then you can move the sub around to find the best place for bass response without messing other things up. The side benefit is taking off a huge load from your mains and the amp that’s driving them – leaving more headroom for increased dynamics without clipping the amp. There are a lot of people who run their speakers full range to great effect. If we had started this thread asking if we should never run speakers full range and always use a sub, the discussion would have taken a far difference turn.
There are a lot of ways to get great sound at home, most of them compromised in some way, usually due to a lack of space and money. I would never say something wouldn't work because I've heard too many scenario's that shouldn't sound great defy reason.