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Curious as to the demensions of peoples listening space mine is 13 by 25 feet I realize there are other factors along with the room size but thought I might learn some helpful facts from the responses it's a long shot but worth a try to improve my listening area.
Thanks and hope everyone enjoys there Holiday weekend,
This is the Golden Triangle room from Cardas. I don't have the funds for it myself, but I would like to hear a good stereo set up properly in it.
Near Field positioning of speakers relative to your listening position substantially reduces the importance of room dimensions, within certain limits. I define near-field as placing the speakers so that each speaker is the same distance away from your normal listening position AND the distance between the speakers should be no more than the distance from the listening position to either loudspeaker. In other words the speakers and the listening position should make a equilateral triangle or a triangle where the listening position is INSIDE of an equilateral triangle.
As long as the side walls are at least 1/2 of the speaker separation distance from any speaker and the back wall is about the speaker separation distance behind the listening location, you are okay. The optimum distance to the front wall depends on the speakers, but could be any where from 1 to 2 feet in my experience. If you have rear-firing speaker elements, then the speakers must be much further from the front wall.
Far Field conditions begin to appear when the listening position is OUTSIDE the equilateral triangle. The further you go out, the more the walls and ceiling will matter. I have never found a far field listening position to be phase coherent because of multiple reflections off of walls, etc. However, some people LIKE the sound "swirling" around you, and for some music it can be fun IMO.
Find whatever you enjoy most!
LOL....10' x 10'.
People think I'm storing the equipment there, instead of listening to it!?
Got a bunch on redecorating to do. Finally have enough room to do the stacked Quads justice (presently in one of the cellars), so that has put temporary brake on my horn desires, unless I come across a nice set that needs rescuing from a cinema or auditorium!
Decided to put our vinyl along the back wall for now. Floor is wood on stone, I believe. 3 large windows. Big fireplace. Door is enormous. Experimenting with gear locations but everything will likely change - not least because none of our cables are really long enough!
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Mine is 6 x 4 meters w/ a 9 feet ceiling w/ no windows all concrete on the wall w/ gypsum boards for the ceiling , w/ wall to wall carpet . It's a dedicated listening room . Had a lot of problems w/ standing waves , bass overhang , bass boominess. Had the room treated w/ acoustic boards panels in the ceiling and DIY Bass traps all over the walls . W/ my Magnepan MG 3A no more bass problem. But w/ the Duntech Princess still has bass problems on some recordings , but I can't play it super loud because it overpowers the room.
I have a room of broadly speaking similar dimensions (9ft ceiling) but complicated by an open staircase to one side and the rear of the room (or listening space) narrowed into an L shape.
It is acoustically not of the best but I found that it was greatly assisted by some Acoustic Lenses (domesticated Helmhotz resonators). No longer available I am afraid but maybe some may come up from time to time on the used market (you will need at least three of them, one placed centrally behind and the others to the outside of the speakers). There used to be (and probably still are) some home build recipes for equivalents around on the web. Athough I appreciate that your situation may make this impractical. Picture shows left hand one.
The "proper" room is 19 feet long, but there's an opening into the dining room which adds another 15'. To the left, the 10' ceiling disappears about 2/3 of the way into the 17' dimension and is open to the ceiling of the 2nd floor. Rather unusual for an audio space, but all the varying dimensions have prevented any problems with standing waves. My last audio room was 17' x 25' with an 8' ceiling. Add 17' and 8' and you get 25', which resulted on a lot of problems to tame, especially with bass.
Mine is L-shaped ;~(
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Thanks all for the responses, I don't have any special equipment that measures the sound but I am planning on using some home made quilted wall hangings and use my ears to listen for sound effects. I have the hangings and they are very nice looking so I was going to hang some of them and thought I would check placement and see how it effects the sound see how it goes. At the least they will look nice.
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