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Author: RocketsMomma Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 10535  
Subject: Speakers and Room Size Date: 10/14/2012 10:48 AM
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So as I am sitting here awaiting delivery of my new Yamaha I am having to find things with which to amuse myself. Though at this point I don't really have the cash to do anything soon I've decided to amuse myself by looking at speakers.

My knotty pine covered great room measures roughly 26 x 20. The walls hit about 9 ft then cathedral to another 14-15. I could calculate it out since I know the roof slope (4 in 12) but this is all hypothetical anyway. So just doing an estimate let's say the room is 20 x 26 x 11 = 5720 cu ft. We'll round it up to 6000.

Just looking at the Atlantic Technology's room guide that qualifies as large and therefore needs large speakers. Or does it?

The living room is in slightly less than half this room. Sure the whole thing fills with sound but the front stage is directed right at us in just half the space. we sit between the surrounds so the one on the right wall, though it's pointed across the longest 26 ft side passes our ears first. I'm sure there are all kinds of other things to consider but I'm not a sound engineer and what I've got I have to live with, so what?

What I guess I'm really wondering though is the differences between bookshelf speakers which I've always had and floor standers which I've never had because they were always so much more expensive. My book shelf speakers whether they were my old Acoustic Research (may their woofers RIP) or these Boston Acoustics have always sounded good to me and Hal, they filled the room with sound and before I could possibly turn them up loud enough to cause clipping or distortion we would be driven from the room. Therefore we never saw any reason for floor standers.

So why do people with even smaller rooms get the bigger floor standers? I have to assume it's not the fact that they can go louder but must have to do with tone, or richness or one or more of those subjective adjectives. Hal is oft times turning down the volume because it bothers his ears but it makes it harder for me to hear. Plus it sounds like there's something missing. So do larger speakers keep this missing "something" yet allow one to turn down the volume?

Sure wish I could test this somehow but I'd have to probably drive to Detroit to find a store with a speaker demo room.

RM
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