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In Reply to: RE: plug for Hedback Designed Acoustics posted by Duke on June 15, 2017 at 16:40:49
Let me try again:
To answer your question: Of course, but the overload is not because the room is behaving differently as the level goes up; it is because our ears are perceiving differently as the level goes up.
Having heard the difference that a professional's touch brings to room acoustics, I no longer indulge in the room acoustics equivalent of armchair quarterbacking. My suggestion is to engage a professional, it will be the best few hundred dollars you ever spent. Below is a link to an acoustician who has designed many award-winning studios as well as the two best-sounding rooms I've ever been in, and he is still affordable.
By way of analogy, you don't just "use some capacitance" to do a crossover design. Instead, you figure out exactly how much resistance, capacitance, and inductance you need, and more importantly, where they go in the circuit. Likewise, a professional acoustician can analyze your room (remotely in Jeff Hedback's case) and tell you how much diffusion, absorption, and reflection you need, in what locations, and HOW to do it, to get the best results within your budget and other real-world constraints. Usually no exotic materials are called for - just intelligent use of materials that are fairly inexpensive, and room décor can be taken into account.
So if your speakers are "there" but your room is not, I suggest renting the brains of a professional acoustician. It's what recording industry professionals do, it makes a world of difference, and if you want to you can probably do it so unobtrusively that no one will ever know.
Me being a dealer makes you leery?? It gets worse... I'm a manufacturer too.
Thanks for your answer.
Investing (either time or money) in professional acoustic guidance is something I would love to do whenever I finally live in a house that I own. In the meantime, rugs and books and carpet and sofas it will be I'm afraid :) but it's good to at least be able to comprehend what is going on.
Thing is, my system is a two way active / three way passive and everything is adjustable. And even tho you try to measure what you're doing, separating (by ears or in the measures) the system from the room can be tricky (and in the end they are one, I know, but you gotta be sure the system is right before blaming the room, and conversely.
These guys will be out of your price range, but it still might be fun to peruse their website and maybe learn something. I worked with Russ many years ago at another acoustical firm, before he started his own. These guys know what they're doing. My son and Richard's son were in band together in high school. Richard is a very nice and "regular" guy.
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