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Palomino
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Sound Stage Depth Discovery (or maybe not)
04/04/13 at 20:36:15
 
I recently moved my equipment to a smaller room to acheive the volume I desired out of my new SE34I.3.  Worked well and I am getting plenty of volume.  It also is a room the rest of the family does not use so I don't have to worry about kids running into speakers, etc.

The speakers are out about 40 inches or so, and the soundstage is pretty deep.  But also, I have a door mid way between the speakers that opens into another room (a little used room).

Because at Zenfest Steve had a doorway built in to one end of his listening room, I figured this was done on purpose and opened the door in my listening room.  Wow.  The result was a huge increase in depth of soundstage.

If fact, it was so deep that it had a little bit of a tunnel effect which left me wondering if the reason Steve has the wide opening in his room is to provide a wider "pipe" and not get depth of soundstage "width" compression.

I don't understand what the sound waves are doing to produce this effect, but thought I would toss out my experience to see if anyone else has experienced it and/or understands what is going on.
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Re: Sound Stage Depth Discovery (or maybe not)
Reply #1 - 04/07/13 at 03:39:08
 
Interesting. Once had a pair of speakers that straddled a pair of outside french doors, but so long ago I don't recall whether there was a similar effect or not.

This has me pondering whether this would work with a desktop arrangement e.g. with something like a cabinet open/closed behind. And windows...?

If I get to try this out I'll report back.
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Re: Sound Stage Depth Discovery (or maybe not)
Reply #2 - 04/07/13 at 18:03:59
 
I once had speakers on either side of a big old-fashioned (i.e. brick and mortar, and wide and deep) fireplace.  It sounded as if the performers were in the fireplace.  Sort of disconcerting....
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Re: Sound Stage Depth Discovery (or maybe not)
Reply #3 - 04/07/13 at 19:15:16
 
Same here.  The kids would show their friends that our fireplace played music.  

The door opens into a furnace room so I turn off the furnace when I listen.  My wife is happy the weather is warming up.
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