HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts

The Harbeth User Group is the primary channel for public communication with Harbeth's HQ. If you have a 'scientific mind' and are curious about how the ear works, how it can lead us to make the right - and wrong - audio equipment decisions, and about the technical ins and outs of audio equipment, how it's designed and what choices the designer makes, then the factual Science of Audio sub-forum area of HUG is your place. The objective methods of comparing audio equipment under controlled conditions has been thoroughly examined here on HUG and elsewhere and should be accessible to non-experts and able to be tried-out at home without deep technical knowledge. From a design perspective, today's award winning Harbeths could not have been designed any other way.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings area is you. If you are quite set in your subjectivity, then HUG is likely to be a bit too fact based for you, as many of the contributors have maximised their pleasure in home music reproduction by allowing their head to rule their heart. If upon examination we think that Posts are better suited to one sub-forum than than the other, they will be redirected during Moderation, which is applied throughout the site.

Questions and Posts about, for example, 'does amplifier A sounds better than amplifier B' or 'which speaker stands or cables are best' are suitable for the Subjective Soundings area only, although HUG is really not the best place to have these sort of purely subjective airings.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters and Harbeth does not necessarily agree with the contents of any member contributions, especially in the Subjective Soundings area, and has no control over external content.

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{Updated Oct. 2017}
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Room treatment and speaker size

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  • Room treatment and speaker size

    Is it possible that In a poorly treated, highly reflective room, a smaller speaker (dislocating a smaller amount of air) would be a better choice than a larger one?

    When asking if the smaller speaker would be a better choice, I'm assuming a "purer" sound would be preferable to a "bigger" one (which, of course, depending on personal preference and/or type of music could be deemed more desirable even if less faithful).

    PS. All other things (loudness, equalization, etc) being constant.

  • #2
    As it happens, room reverberations are a problem above the so called Schroeder frequency. Below that, the problem is room modes (standing waves). Reverberant room behaviour can be treated with damping material, furnishings and the like. For room modes you need (large) bass traps, or, much better, dsp room equalization. Since, depending on room size, the Schroeder frequency is typically in the 100-200 Hz range, the answer to your question should be negative. The differences between a small and a large speaker are in the frequency range below the Schroeder frequency.
    This is not to say that small speakers are not advantageous in certain situations. Their main advantage is in small rooms, and not just for esthetic reasons. Room modes in small rooms occur at higher frequencies, whereas room equalization works best at lower frequencies: the higher the frequency to be corrected, the more localized to one listening position the correction will be.