Terri and I are heading out early to try and make Missoula Montana by this evening so this'll be short.
We're at the end of our thought problem about what happens when we electronically make the room a different size. I really wanted to spend some time on this subject because despite the fact it isn't yet possible with loudspeakers in a two-channel room, it's good to think outside the box a bit.
I certainly get trapped in the idea that all we can do is help the room be as non-intrusive and supportive as possible while, at the same time, maximizing the performance of our systems. I think it's important to recognize that we could actually control far more of our environment than perhaps many of us thought possible.
A few knowledgable people have brought up the idea of multi-channel as an alternative and yes, this is certainly a good direction if one is so inclined. The work of multi-channel advocates like Ralph Glassel and Peter Moncrieff have certainly pushed the envelope of that technology far from the original days of Quadrophonic Sound.
We've come a long way.