Advice to Newbies

I have been pursuing the audiophile utopia for many years now and after all these years I finally am able to feel like I can offer some advice. And that advice is….buy a mic, download REW and test your room! You can place expensive speakers in a bad room and that is how they will sound. BAD! Your room needs to be treated first. Then, start shopping for your dream speaker.


hilde45 offers the correct response. I think that treating a sound room before the actual system is placed there is a reverse way to go. Different systems (especially speakers) have characteristics of their own. And how they interact with the room will be different.

Room acoustics and treatments is very important. But it should be a "fine tuning" step and not an initial one.


@hilde45  I was assuming that a newbie has made the initial plunge and purchased a set of speakers. Then, after some time, starts longing for better sound. This is where the REW comes in. Before falling down the rabbit hole, make sure your current dissatisfaction isn’t room related.

@baclagg Gotcha! I agree, of course! 

Given a bad enough room, though, your advice could apply. Because if the room is terrible enough, one might never know what a given set of speakers sound like. In that case, some kind of pre-treatment of a room -- even a carpet or some absorptive furniture -- would be necessary before trying out speakers.

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