The second reason is room treatment (more in a minute) and the third, I imagine, is the fact that I have repositioned my speaker cables. I was listening to a pair of Kimbers right and left for the mid-high end and the Aurum Acoustics made to order by Cardas on the bass. But one day I reasoned that as they are from different manufacturers, and certainly don`t look the same, each cable was likely presenting the amplifier with a different load and it would be make sense for each side to be alike. Now, I could test this theory by switching them back to see if I could hear a difference but that would spoil it. I love the way it sounds now.
Someone said to me the other day that contemplating room treatment is like contemplating having root canal (which really isn’t all that bad, by the way). Why do we dread it so? I think it’s because it presents us with a the prospect of having to do some real work, you know, to get out a few tools and a measuring tape. But I digress, it really isn’t that bad.
Room treatment products come in various shapes and sizes and two types: those that absorb sound and those that deflect or disperse. Were you to get very serious about the task, I expect you would use some of each and place them in locations selected with the use of a computer program. Fortunately, our ears adjust to differences that are not too glaring, and I certainly was happy to keep things easy. I simply used two rigid panels that appear to be made of fibreglass and have fabric covering the outer side. They each measure 48″x24″x1″ and come with hangers that place them about 2″ out from the wall. They are designed to absorb higher frequencies, and made by Marc Philip Design INOVAUDIO.
My objective was to make the room less noisy, that is, get rid of some of the sound that was bouncing around in the front part of my listening space. My room has gyprock walls and ceiling and a window on the front wall and on the right side wall. Behind my listening position there is the other half of the room separated by (open) French doors and 3 feet of wall on one side and about a foot on the other. I reasoned that with the furnishings, a couch, my equipment, some shelved CDs and so on, the lower part of the room was OK. So I placed the panels in the upper half.
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