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Many audiophiles strive to "over treat" their rooms (if the domestic partner allows). Having a "normally" reflective room actually helps provide a sense of space. Thin absorbers (less than 4 inches) tend to affect higher frequencies only and thus provide an undesirable timbral imbalance. Diffusers typically are ineffective in smaller (typical residential listening rooms), however randomly placed semi-spherical designs of 12 inch diameter can be helpful. Note that according to Toole valid listening tests are the only way to truly evaluate room treatments. Floyd E. Toole is recognized as a leader in loudspeaker/room research and invented the "spinorama" testing method. Most of the treatments I see from your link seem to be addressing reflections off the front wall. As you probably know, having at least 5 feet of between dipoles and front wall is recommended. Aside from that carpet or a rug is probably all that's necessary for dipoles.
Diffusers typically are ineffective in smaller (typical residential listening rooms)
I rarely see pictures of room treatments used with open baffles speakers, even in rooms showcasing Pure and Spatial offerings. I've read Linkwitz conclusions and he doesn't appear to be a big fan of them. I know they work great with conventional box speakers but what are your thoughts and experiences as it relates to their use with open baffles?
bumpy and sockpit - is the brightness only a problem at higher listening volumes? that seems to be the case for me and not always (depends on the track of course). At lower listening volumes, I have no brightness in my untreated room. I'm running X3s with an LTA Z10 in a 14.5'x22' room. i haven't measured my room since I got the Spatials...need to do that soon. Maybe we should post a new thread on the Spatial circle as I'm not sure if Clayton keeps up with this circle?
There's not an once of harshness in my system (valves throughout). What I do have is enough transparency to compare recordings.The brightness I hear is almost certainly the room as the listener end of it is untreated. But do I buy absorbers or bass traps?
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