Audio diffusers vs. absorbers

June 19, 2022
 by Paul McGowan

8 comments on “Audio diffusers vs. absorbers”

  1. That is a problem you always have to eliminate when preferring far-field listening! I always wonder when reading about headphones being “equalized” for getting a loudspeaker-like sound. Do the manufacturers refer to far-field, mid-field or near-field? 🙂 And what about audio reviewers? Which type of personal listening room reflections added to the audiophile recordings do they prefer? 😉

        1. ps,
          I don’t believe that it requires a single driver wide-band loudspeaker.
          I’m pretty sure that a two way such as KEF – LS50 or an ELAC –
          Refrence DBR62 or even a Golden Ear – BRX, or similar will do
          nicely when enveloped in the ‘Tigerfox360’ surround structure.

          Not one person who has listened to music within the ‘Tigerfox360’
          structure has come away saying that it is rubbish
          …in fact quite the opposite.

          1. The proof will be here in just listening the various type of loudspeakers. However when I frequently ask loudspeaker manufacturers for supplying the minimum listening distance for achieving an acceptable cohesion of all drives involved I rarely get an answer. In the end I think that the majority of home audio loudspeakers is designed for mid-field or far field listening meaning 3.5 m and more. And most home cinema front-loudspeakers will be designed for 6 m and more.

            1. John DeVore recommends a minimum of seven feet
              from the baffle line of my pair of Orangutan O/93’s.

              As far as the ‘Tigerfox360’ structure goes, if you go to their
              web-site you will see exactly where to place the standmount loudspeakers to create a stunning & immersive soundstage.

  2. Hoping to get the best sound I can in my dedicated audio/theater room. Feel like a novice here among the more experienced people posting. Something I don’t quite understand. I believe that absorbers are made of a soft material, foam or similar, to limit some sound. Diffusers seem to be made of hard or dense material stacked in a random surface pattern. Is it the surface pattern that breaks up the sound waves or is the dense material just as much a factor in the effects? Would a diffuser panel made of dense styrofoam in the proper pattern work, or act as a combined absorber/diffuser. Thanks

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