CFO (Chief Fun Officer)
- Feb 13, 2016
- Seattle Area
You don't know because you have looked or you don't know because you haven't? Likely the later so let me show you the research on that: Loudspeakers and Rooms for Sound Reproduction—A Scientific Review*I don't know where this claim of additional room reverb for classical recordings comes from, but it seems not to come from people who have heard classical surround recordings in professionally sounding (= quite dry) rooms.
3.4 Effects of Single Reflections on Listener Preferences of Sound Quality
It is accepted that a reflective sound field is flattering to the sound of music. We like to listen in a reverberant space, rather than outdoors. The question is at what point does this positive attribute begin? Ando has provided some answers. Fig. 10 shows levels for a single delayed sound that listeners reported as enhancing the sound of classical music. Since the early reflections in real rooms are so low in level, the result suggests that we really need multichannel audio to provide added stronger and later reflections for our listening pleasure .
Pretty clear that listeners crave side reflections that are strong and delayed as much as 40 milliseconds. This is far longer path length than in our rooms (solid dots based on Alan Devantier's research) lending hand to the comment that multi-channel is able to convey that so much better than stereo. And that we do not like dry rooms as you claim unless it is multichannel.