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Wind Chaser & FullRangeMan headphones are good value for money. If you want the illusion of great sound stage width, depth and height then speakers or live music is the only way.With headphones, you always hear the headphones and mostly the in your head sound. With a good speaker setup, the speakers disappear. I can say in my setup i have never heard the speakers, if you know what i mean. My system paints a sonic image and most people that come round to mine always comment on how they think the speakers are not working because the sound is so detached from the speakers and the sound is coming from a stage behind the speakers. I would like to hear headphones that can do that, not even the mighty Sennheiser HD800 with it’s wide sound stage can do this.
Jonc113 like JLM has already said, don’t spend serious amount of money if your room is not up to the job. I have seen many people spending loads of money changing equipment because they think something is wrong with what they have, when all along it’s the room. It does not matter how much money you spend, if your room is doing it’s best to degrade your system.If you are thinking of spending the serious money you are talking about, you need to start with your room else you are wasting your money.Watch this vid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGWvbgmzQwQ
I ahve to DISAGREE... YEah the room may not be so great. Thing is, it IS all you got (most of the time)Very very few folks are going to build a new room just because....)I spend all that money in a typical one bedroom apartmentaGIANT picture window engulfs the rear wall..So what...I did ny thing and the stereo sound glorious. If I took the advice if this person, I would be.. where? spending what? I cannt change the apartment.and I am not interested in the madmen from outer space look either. (which is what most audiophile acoustic stuff looks like to nearly any sane woman.) So I would certainly say take the quoted idea and ported site with a huge grain of salt. We all have our"that one thing that above all else is important' Just the room is not mine, nor plenty of other folks number one. Sure some room are terrible. but IMO guesstimating 90% do just fine.
FullRangeMan I cannot argue with you, headphones are definitely more affordable and take up less space. I use headphones every day but only on the move.Good speakers do need room and will sound 3D, my speakers gives you height, depth and width. Even though my speakers are stand mounted units they are sitting over 6 feet from the front wall, if i had more space i would pull them further out for even deeper soundstage. I just love the 3D sound you get from a good speaker setup. You cannot get this from headphones, well maybe if you go binaural you may get something more 3D out of headphones but the music needs to be recorded for it.
....that you should have 5 feet behind a dipole for the back wave to reflect at the proper time.....The Audio Analysis speakers look VERY interesting, but my small room just doesn't have enough room for a dipole.I have been following newformresearch for many years, but never had a chance to hear the speakers. I actually arranged for a friend (my cousin's husband) to audition the speakers in Colorado, but his reaction was that they sounded nice, but he was not overwhelmed. Of course, other factors may have been involved...What a nice welcome for all of you. Thanks!
In my experience 5ft behind the speakers isn’t required for good dipole performance. I’m getting excellent results with my Magnepan LRS with 3ft behind them (the most I can do in my room). So if you can give them at least 3ft, I wouldn’t automatically rule out dipoles. Btw, just about any speaker benefits from giving them plenty of breathing room.
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