Low frequencies in rooms

Author(s): Nousaine Tom

Tom Nousaine exposes some myths about low frequency reproduction in home listening rooms. He cites manufacturer surveys about customer listening rooms with the surprising conclusion that listening rooms tend to be quite similar as opposed to the idea that all rooms are different. He then provides measured results that suggest that the modern great room is a much better listening space relative to low frequency performance than often assumed. His conclusion is that room modes are important to provide the low frequency energy for listening and that judicious equalization and damping is often counterproductive.