Is the Behringer better/more accurate than the RadioShack SPL meter? I'm just just wondering of I should get one, but already have the SPL meter?
Also, on first reflection points, am I right in thinking you should be aiming to treat any first reflections that are within 20ms (approx 20ft reflection path)? The only reason I ask, is because that means for me, in my room which is 18.5ft x 11ft, to treat all first reflection points from the front three speakers (all of which would be less than 20ft) I end up covering about two thirds of the side walls, plus a good third of the ceiling.
Plus then if I treat all four corners, all eight tri-corners and all ceiling soffits with bass traps, and the whole of the front wall with broadband absorption (which seems standard practice) - I worry that I will be over treating the room and end up deadening the room? What do you recommend?
(Rob, I hope you don't mind me posing these questions on your thread?)
The Radio Shack metre is pretty good for tackling certain generic problems. The full room measurment software just takes it to that next level. It basically -
Will show your nulls and peaks in db's for all the different hz so you can identify problem areas
Produce waterfall graphs which basically show the decay time of these hertz (basically how long does it take for the sound wave to stop ringing)
Can identify not just hertz but exactly where it is coming from if you have (you'll be surprised how much people in studios have problems with reflections off the mixing desk) a specific problem
What a lot of people use it for as well is to trial different listening positons because sometimes the low cost solution to the problem can just be as easy as where you sit. (Hence the sitting on the floor thread LOL)
As the video demonstrates (thanks Voodoodoctor) is first reflection points are basically the first place that these sound waves hit when they leave your speakers. so this would generally (but not exclusively) be to the side of each speaker, the floor and the ceiling.
On the sides you only need to tackle those immediate spots one thin panel about one metre tall should generally cover it (unless you have floor to ceiling speakers) and these should be placed in line height wise with the speakers.
Ceiling clouds are more regularly used in studios and then you would cover the listening position and two or three panels would be required.
Just remeber the symetrial rule if you can though, to treat both speakers the same
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This look safer than Zalan's video
If its in the middle of the wall flat but if you wanting to dela with the bass that collects where the wall meets the floor or ceiling than angled into the corner
You should def do some testing if you are a phsyics grad, you'll love that stuff. You'll soon be telling us, how are you on the room modal calculations?
I have yet to calculate my modals but hey, why not? Cheers for advice & hope WHF team respond to forum addition.
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Thanks for coming back to me,
Sorry, I probably didn't make it clear in my post, I already have and use REW, but use it currently with the Radioshack SPL meter as the mircophone. My question was, will the Behringer produce more accurate measurements with REW?
Regarding panels for the first reflection points, yes, my plan was to make 1200 x 600 panels, since these are the size of the Rockwool boards I believe. I would then be placing these on the walls around 200mm off the floor, and hence they would finish a little above seated ear height.
Still, there is a heck of a lot of wall coverage to cover all first reflection points for two seating position, from all three front speakers, with a 20ms or less delay time. See below:
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You frequently see on forums, pictures of people's set-ups with a rack load of high end kit, and top quality speakers, all housed in a plain room with wood floor and leather sofas, not a single absorptive surface in sight, but they insist on changing this speaker cable or that power lead to try and improve the sound they are clearly not content with, without a single thought for the room which is no doubt dramatically limiting the potential of their system.
Sad but oh so true.
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Think with GSB thats +2 then . . . to open a new forum topic.
Sorry I think I did misunderstand you there, I presume the metre is omnidirectional? How do you position it? There's a lot of debate about how this should be done but at about listening height pointing at the ceiling and your results should come out the same. The Behringer is just a good omnidirectional mic that comes pre calibrated.
With regards to the reflection points. I would definately deal with the early ones first, basically those ones that are hitting the wall directly in front of the speakers. The mirror trick really does work. Those are the ones that will cause oyou problems in the 125 - 250hz range and can quite often be identfied by a buzzing/ humming sound in your listening environment. Obviously soundwaves are 360 degrees and they hit everywhere in the room at some point. If you tried to deal with all reflection points it would competely deaden the room and no sounds would travel anywhere which would give a dry and completely unrealistic enviroment. Radio stations use this technique for their interview suites etc.
Def go for the immediate first reflection points and go from there. There is a way after that and you are still encountering problems that we can look at your REW data and pretty much measure specifically where the other problems are coming from.
Ain't it great to listen to music and not to kit.
New speakers? Room treatment? Biamping? Not sure which has made the most difference now but its so refreshing to listen again to old recordings and enjoy them again yet for the first time. :)
And finally ....
As mentioned in Vol2: Ch4: Para46 ... in the far end of the room where my PC is sited there was a huge base boom which has now gone completely. This proves nothing in terms of improvement except it really demonstrates what a little ol' base trapping does.
ELO now souning much sweeter ..
Just a likkul comment. My Mezzos are tall brutes, the tweeter somewhat higher than the listening position. I tried raising the back, pointing the tweeter exactly at ear level. Maybe the angle also directs the bass 'into' the setee? Quite pleased after careful alignment with a laser.
My point? Always worth experimenting with toe in etc and dont forget the horizontal axis.
More focussed? Better soundstage? Midrange improvement? Maybe expect bias but always worth a free tweak.
These changes have a scientific grounding in why they will change the sound. Moving speakers or listening position should always be the first port of call for tweaking (or more) the sound.
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