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CHANGING ROOMS

If left untreated, a room’s acoustic issues can have a major effect on your hi-fi’s sound. Huw Price identifies and explains some common problems, such as comb filtering, standing waves and flutter echoes…

HI-FI DIY

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Stereo images are conjured up by differences in intensity between sounds, achieved by using pan controls during the mixing process
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When reading reviews in hi-fi… magazines – and studiorecording publications for that matter – it can offen seem odd that room acoustics are disregarded. Think about it for a second – some rooms have a lively and bright sound, while others sound darker and deader. It’s one reason why you might feel more inspired to sing in your bathroom than a walk-in closet.

So it stands to reason that the acoustic characteristics of a room will have a strong in uence on the way any hi-fi system sounds, because it affects both frequency response and stereo imaging. You may even find that ‘upgrading’ a system can make it sound worse, if fundamental acoustic issues aren’t dealt with.

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