- Sep 16, 2019
I don’t think a microphone can tell what is direct sound and what is reflections like the human brain does. So there is no point in maintaining direct sound imo. We’re hearing the sum that is arriving at the microphone anyway.
All I can say is it certainly does matter - at least in the testing for personal sake I have performed in the past.
Tests were also performed by a couple of forum members in the past, and both in the first test by @thewas, and the second by @ctrl the speaker with the flattest direct sound (Revel F52 & Grimm LS1) was generally preffered with regards to coming closest to the recording itself. Link to the 2nd test because it also involved a KEF Reference 3 which arguably has the smoothest in-room response out of any of those speakers.
This is also my own preference in terms of speaker design. An as neutral direct sound as possible, within a large listening window, with reflections to match (with emphasis on the horizontal reflections). So this means constant (or close to) directivity over a large bandwidth. Basically as you move off-axis, the sound should simply become more quiet, but remain the same in terms of timbre - that is just my personal opinion of course.