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General speaker questions for audio and home theater.


Simply, no.

I've already gone down the rambling road of experimentation, I'm far beyond mere theory. I've listened with and without room treatments, I've used narrow dispersion speakers and wide dispersion speakers, and I've tried many different speaker/listener positions. I now KNOW what it takes to get the kind of sound I want from different types of speakers in my room (in MY room - not in YOUR room)...

And one of the things I've discovered along the way the way is that different speaker types have recognizable sonic signatures. And I now think that some of these differences have more to do things like driver types, dispersion style, etc.., than with any type of room condition. A horn simply does not *sound* exactly like a panel does. An omni does not sound exactly like a monopole does, etc...

Also consider that different speaker types provide different "listening window" sizes. If you want a fairly wide/tall listening window you don't want speakers with a tiny listening window that demand sitting in one spot in one chair with your clamped head in a vice in order to HEAR them properly...

So, while narrow dispersion speakers might reduce the need for room treatments (somewhat), they may not suit the listening habits of people like me who do not want to sit all day long with their head in a vice in order to hear a bit of extra detail.

I (for one) like to move around and even stand up occasionally while my system is playing... What use would I have for narrow dispersion/tiny listening window speakers ? Naturally then, I'm willing go to a certain amount of trouble to accommodate wide/tall dispersion style speakers in MY room.

OTOH, someone who likes sitting in one spot with their head in a vice might be able to save some money on room treatments. But I think I can safely say that any type of speaker that sends ANY amount of "excessive"energy" onto nearby room boundaries can probably benefit from some type or some amount of treatment.

There are so many factors to consider in setting up a personal speaker system and I feel as if you have glossed over some of these factors. And for some reason you seem to think that the presence of room treatments is a sign of system and/or listener dysfunction, but I can assure you that this is not always the case.

There are as many different paths to "audio nirvana" as there are different speakers and different rooms, and once we know what type of speaker suits our listening habits best it is sometimes worth a bit of extra effort to accommodate a certain type of sound that truly works for us as "recreational listeners".

Edits: 01/10/24 01/10/24 01/10/24

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