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In Reply to: RE: Small rooms - big Maggies posted by timm on December 28, 2021 at 20:27:10
I've heard both 3.7s and 20.1s in HP's 12x16 Room #2. They worked pretty well considering the smallish size. I think having the bay windows and irregular dimensions helped make the bass smoother than if it were a box. There were open doorways in the back corners and he kept the speakers a considerable distance from the front wall for them to breathe.
The only gotcha is that especially with the 20.1s, I was aware of the separate drivers being that close to them. The dot seven series, however, was better in that respect. He ran tweeters inboard.
So do you recall the approx seating distance from the 20s in that room?
the chairs were close to back wall so I'd say about five or six feet.
Arguably, one of the smaller Sound Lab models would fare better in that space.
Oh my I can't imagine being 6' from the panel. But he obviously thought the room behind the speaker was paramount.
I'm likewise convinced that distance to front wall greatly affects apparent soundstage - along with bass linearity.
Ideally, he was all about the "Rule of Thirds". Start by placing speakers at room dimension thirds both laterally and longitudinally. Sit at the opposite third. Fine tune from there. I experimented moving both speaker and listening position using measurements to find the most linear bottom three octave (so called Schroeder frequencies) response with a slight tilt.
The optimum location in my 25(+)x16 room is darn close.
Ah. I missed the chair. Yes .. right now I am in a 17x30 room - but there may be plans ahead - and getting that kind of dedicated space away from everyone is nearly impossible. So I could be relegated to a smaller room. A way smaller room. I may like it - the immediacy and dynamic improvements.
What I'm hearing is - it is doable. This has been very helpful for me.
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