I recognized that I have tired for the last week like hell. Do not ask me what I got tired from – I will not be able to say. That whole moving, packing, unpacking this was too exhausting… The good thing is that I go an interesting room as a result. That all crap about ownership of the house is not very much attracts me. In fact I am not sure if I like the whole idea but the room and the arrangements around the room in this specific house is very much pleases me. What I do not know at this point how the room sound.
I pretty much do not have playback setup for a month or even more. I kind of begin to miss it, not only Sound itself but the whole experience to invoke it at my will. Unfortunately the Sound as I understand it long away in my room…
The last nigh I decided to take it easy with unpacking and with working in my new house. All those tasks not going to run away from me. My pool was attacked by frogs that made those crazy noises during their breading period. I won that little war and I decided do not do anything else to the rest of the week and just to relax, this would imply to play some music. I did not connect the Macondo and Melquiades – it would be too complex and long to make them to work properly. I took a few monitors I had but they did not make it to me. Then I took Dunlavy SC3. The Dunlavys has an advantage that they are “as is” and they do not need anything else beside the power amps. I dumped Dunlavy in the location what I think Macondo would be, connected the Dunlavy to Yamaha D2 and setup CD player (TL0 and Lavry 924). I used Radio Shake or any other random cables throughout – there are no need to do anything better. I do not want to criticize Dunlavy – they have own problems but I know all of them and I thought it would give me some idea of what my new room is capable of. The sound all together was despicable, literally dreadful – but this did not particularly bother me, I was looking not for the sound itself but how it interacts with the room. I moved speakers a bit, but nothing evolved – juts to get a generally acceptable presentation. It was “somewhere there” and it was enough to stop “working”.
Then I took the biggest cigar I had, “laid” on my couch and give a good couple hours just to listen how it works all together. I was very interesting. The room has very-very appealing friendliness – it is just a pleasure to be in there. There is no acoustic treatment of any kind in the room, the playback sucks and the speakers are crap – still it was semi-enjoyable. With Dunlavys you can play only very specific music and only in a certain way and I decided to give it a full run. I played the whole Osvaldo Golijov’s St. Mark Passion. It is not exactly my type of music but it is insanely talented music and it is the only Passion that is possible to play on Dunlavys. The room responded very interestingly. It was very different then what I am accustomed but in the way it was the same. In this room it is possible to make HUGE presentation. The room has a god 35 feet width and all of it; even more might be used for presentation. I think that by using properly set diffusers on the peripherals I will be able to curve that useable 35-40 feet. The room also has some superbly interesting back of the listening sit potentials. I have a good 10-15 feet behind the proposed listening spot where I am planning to put some reflections randomizers. It will be VERY interesting to play with it what the sound will be at the right level.The Cat
Meanwhile I recognized that I do have a small wall section, approximately 50’ by 35-45’ that I would need to treat somehow. The problem with this section of the wall is that it needs to be very attractive treatment from a décor perspective. So, I am looking for some kind of “artistic” panel with good defusing characteristics. I have seen some of them here and there. Auralex does Shockwave AudioTiles that might be useful but I am looking for something sexier. Probably the large-grain of Tectum Acoustic Panels I might recognize as some king of Kandinsky’s paintings. I am juts partially kidding. This 50 by 40 part of the wall is very prominent in the room and I would like to have the diffuser to look attractive. The whole idea it to have living room not a dedicated listening room and it’s typical dental office ornamentation. So, if anyone knows a satin looking acoustic diffuser then point me out.
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