The sonic characteristics of your listening environment are among the most important factors in determining the enjoyment of your sound system — and the quality of sound you experience. The size, the shape, the ceiling height, and the treatment of acoustic reflections and resonances are much more important than cables, clock regenerators, and the sample rate/format of your delivery format. I see a lot of pictures on Facebook showing rooms where audiophiles enjoy their music. Generally speaking, they are living rooms, entertainment spaces, bedrooms, basements, and occasionally dedicated listening areas. If you’re in the fortunate position to be able to custom build or modify a room in your house to maximize your audio listening pleasure, more power to you. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to enjoy and work in my dedicated, professional, acoustically tuned, audio studio. But this is what I do for a living.
So let’s turn our attention today to exploring how you might improve the sonics of your space. There are three things to be aware of when considering acoustic treatments: isolation, diffusion and absorption. I’ll be covering the basics over the next few posts but you might want to check out the chapter in my book “Music and Audio: A User Guide To Better Sound”, where I’ll be going into much more detail.