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Re: [ARSCLIST] Mostly for laughs

On 21/10/06, phillip holmes wrote:
> I've been to a guy's house with a system that retails for $250K--not
> what he paid. His system is the only one I've ever seen that had as
> much time and effort for a good acoustic and good power. The dude
> convinced the utilities to run 3 phase AC to his house. He has one
> 110V leg dedicated for the listening room and the system has its own
> breaker box. He had a very high priced acoustical engineer come in and
> treat the room with diffuser panels covered over with special fabric.
> The fabric looks like a painted wall. The sound in the room is pretty
> amazing. It's conception and execution is more like a recording
> studio. The good acoustics definitely swamp the affects of tweaking.
> Phillip

The room will always be the most important factor. However, building and
treating a custom listening room is more expensive that buying snake-oil

I have heard lovely sound from cheap gear in good rooms, and horrible
sound from good gear in the little back rooms of hi fi shops.

>> The interesting thing is that I would seriously doubt that any
>> of these "audiophools" have had their istening rooms analyzed
>> and remodeled by an acoustic engineer...and it is much more
>> likely that the cancellations and reinforcements due to
>> reflected sound waves would have more effect than any electronic
>> "tweaking!"

Don Cox

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