- Apr 22, 2016
- Princeton, Texas
As I mentioned earlier, I absorb the contralateral reflection from my left speaker, because my right wall is too close. So the idea of directional speakers allowing for a smaller room is rather suspect to me.
I suspect the asymmetry of your room is your issue, not contralateral reflections in general. I've yet to encounter an issue with them, but I've yet to try it in a room like yours. And it sounds to me like you've found an effective solution.
This Subject and subsequent conversation applies to some degree to Electrostatic Speakers as well, correct?
The short answer is, I think so. And as you can already tell, I have a longer answer in mind.
You see, imo yours is an excellent question because its implications reach far beyond electrostatics: Just how widely applicable is this subject and the subsequent conversation?
I think there is potentially significant common ground among omnis, dipoles, bipoles, other polydirectionals, cardioids, constant-directivity narrow-pattern monopoles, well-behaved wide-pattern monopoles, Live-End/Dead-End, Reflection Free Zone, multichannel upmixing, and doubtless other approaches.
Their conceptual common ground, subject of course to appropriate set-up, is imo articulated well by oivavoi:
FWIW, my own preference is to listen to wide-dispersion speakers (in the future possibly omnis) in the near-field. That way one gets much late indirect sound which is similar to the direct sound, but the direct sound still dominates the perception and creates good stereo images. [emphasis Duke's]
Imo what all of these different approaches have in common is the pursuit of “much late indirect sound which is similar to the direct sound, but the direct sound still dominates the perception and creates good stereo images.”