The performance of every single Hifi system is fundamentally underpinned by the room and the acoustical properties of that room. Inherent room modes, standing waves, flutter echo, specular reflections, the short lag time of early secondary reflections; it is a highly complex subject and almost every space conspires to give an uneven frequency response and to deteriorate imaging location, image focus and time coherency.
Thankfully, a room’s “sound” and any more sinister problems that it may have, can be addressed very effectively with physical acoustical treatments. We have found that tackling this quite involved subject though involves a little more than just signing up to the nearest and most common solutions found in the marketplace.
To this end we have carefully assembled a five pronged attack on this most important facet of our hobby, combining absorption and reflection products from Transparent Acoustics, RW Acoustics and Stillpoints, with high quality 1d and 2d QRD Diffusion products from Acoustic Manufacture in Poland, and finally taking advantage of the exemplary and well established DaaD bass trap tuning system from Acustica Applicata. Offering a wide range of solutions also has the added benefit of a bigger range of aesthetics; if it is indeed even possible to install acoustic treatments in our rooms, then the whole family will likely want them to blend in and be visually acceptable.
We feel that all of these products in their respective roles represent the zenith of what is achievable in a domestic environment and even employing just one or two product types will likely have very transformative effects on your system, a sonic improvement bigger than a major box swap but at less money than the cost of a cartridge or a set of modest speaker cables.