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As a very smart gentleman once told me (Geddes) for an acoustical problem it’s best to find an acoustical solution. IE, an electrical solution to an acoustics problem will not be as effective a solution.
...whether certain types of treatments are best when there is room correction software involved. Is a combination of absorption and diffusion going to be the best approach to this? I can't really do much about what I've already added, but I've been planning on adding more diffusion to the rear wall, so wanted to check before I did.
Thanks for all the feedback gentlemen. I was mainly trying to decide about adding additional treatments, as I'd already put a lot of time and effort into the room, but after further tweaking the ARC software (I didn't realize there were two modes on the new Anthem ARC Genesis program), I'm really happy with the results. I had no idea I'd be able to get this type of low end in a smaller room like this, but it appears the combination of physical panels plus the room correction is quite effective. Pretty dramatic how the room sounded pre-treatment vs now. Spent more than I wanted to, but hard to argue with the results. Appreciate all the help.
The problem with 'room correction' is that it doesn't correct the underlying problem- the actual interaction of the speaker with the room- so by making the sound better 'here', you may make it worse 'there'. Over 40 years ago, Roy Allison figured out how to get wide band flat power response throughout a room from one pair of speakers, but today his discoveries seem to have been largely forgotten. Only Larsen (that I am aware of) seems to be working with similar concepts.Good to see some posts recently about acoustics and room effects though; they can have a profound effect but are often ignored.
I question the microphone ARC uses. REW and Dirac recommend a calibrated USB mike, and some even go for a 'highly calibrated version. My inexpensive Sony 6.1 AVR and DSPeaker Anti-Mode 2.0 Dual Core both used apparently cheap mikes that could be way off.
Sadly not all calibrated mikes are alike (calibration can vary significantly).
Is anyone aware of a re-calibration service that handles Anthem USB mics?
Try/email Herb Singleton of Cross Spectrum Acoustics.
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