The audience is all wrong

November 3, 2021
 by Paul McGowan

7 comments on “The audience is all wrong”

  1. Your video post today brought me back about 50 years ago. Amar was thinking just like you today! As a poor college student I could afford to have a used pair of 901’s, and when set up properly, the imaging and sound stage was terrific, as if you were in the audience! Especially for classic orchestral music. However, in 50 years we have come a long way, but I still get great pleasure from them when stacking wood, when I open my garage doors (the garage is where the 901’s live), and play at moderate levels. Dr Bose was way ahead of his time. I would have liked to meet him as someday would like to meet you. Thank you for your videos and posts. You make life a little more enjoyable.

  2. Paul, I am also taken back in memories, of my career with the City of Dallas (retired). By the way I have read both of your books and enjoyed them as well gained insight into tuning a room and system. As operations manager and later GM, I had the great fortune to work at the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas).At one point it was regarded as one of the top ten concert halls in the world. Your comment regarding “wall of sound”, took me back to the first time I heard a performance of classical music in the hall. Every note seemed to just wash over you and envelope your very being. I later learned through research how the acoustician designed every component and material to replicate and enhance the performance on stage. The upper level of the hall included huge chambers that could be controlled pneumatically by opening and closing large scale concrete doors. Also large curtains could be deployed around this upper level to further tune the hall. The acoustician took into account every aspect of possible influence of sound emanating from the stage. Even to the point of estimating the effect of fifty year old, overweight, bald headed men sitting on the main floor level in the hall. I’m not quite sure how those calculations played a role maybe sound absorption and/or reflectivity. In any case it was a rewarding experience and career. To date I have not been able to replicate that sense, since those experiences in the hall. I hope at sometime to visit you in Colorado and experience your reference system. Thanks Paul for your videos and sharing your experiences and knowledge. Sincerely.

  3. That’s exactly the point where marketing claims for stereophonie promising a holographic 3D imaging get untrustworthy. A solution is given by 4-channel ambiophonics (see http://www.ambiophonics.org) based on an ambiophonic microphone arrangement. Even better the solution offered by Edgar Choueiri (BACCH SP2) allowing correction for individual HRTF. And strange enough: ordinary headphone reproduction of binaural recording let you hear sound coming from behind rather than coming from ahead. It needs a HRTF correction and some crossfeed in order to get 3D-imaging. AKG, Vienna, had made basic research here some 25 years ago.

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