I was wondering if anyone remebers reading what size room Robert Reina uses to audition speakers in?
He gave such a rave review of the Monitor Audio RS6, and I was wondering if they'd sound too boomy in my small 9x12 room. I picked up a pair of the RS1's and I'm very impressed. They sound as good as my Quad 21L's, they just don't have the last bit of bottom end to them. I wanted to try the RS5's, but couldn't find them for the right price.
Thats a good question, and if he has any acoustic treatments. I am also trying to find where I can listen to a pair of the rs6's. I found them for $800 a pair plus shipping.
I read Mr. Reina's reviews and recommendations. Mr. Reina's comparisons of the differences between speakers at the end of his reviews has been very useful.
After reading all his speaker reviews and then listening to the ones he especially likes, I bought a pair of Usher 520's and a pair of PSB 25's. I am extreamly happy with both.
First I need to get a power amp to bi amp my system.
Bob Reina apologizes for taking so long to reply, and offers this information:
"For my listening I have two rooms: a large listening room in my main house which is based around my expensive reference system, and a smaller room in my vacation house which is based around my "affordable" system. I use both rooms to test review samples, regardless of price.
The large room is an exquisite 18' x 35' room with an slanted ceiling that is 8' on one side and 11" on the other. It has a solid wooden floor that is built over a 1" tall crawl space which is over concrete.(A listening room of this size within the New York City limits is very rare.) The room opens up into a kitchen behind the listening area. I use a classic live end/dead end setup with a live wall behind the speakers and an oriental rug behind the listening area. The floor is a blend of bare wood and oriental rugs. I also have "echo busters" triangular "pillows" in the corner/ceiling interfaces to prevent high frequencies from collecting there.
The room has three major benefits:
1) Speakers are along the long wall so I have no side wall reflections;
2) The non-rectangular prism shape means I have absolutely no mid-bass bump problems. From 120 Hz down to the bottom octave the bass response is straight like a ruler.
3) The large room is capable of supporting bottom octave frequencies if the related gear can generate them.
Because the room does open up into a kitchen with many live surfaces, I have to keep volume down to a reasonable level--otherwise the high frequencies will ring in the kitchen.
My vacation house room is a small 11' x 15' x 8" room but has one side wall which has been removed and opens into another den area. So, acoustically, the room "feels" like 22' x 15' x 8'. I have the speakers set up along the bay window on the "long" wall which means I have a side wall on one side and no side wall on the other.
I have two framed Indonesian silk batiks, one mounted behind the listening area, and one on the sidewall at the first reflection point. The wooden floor (which is over a 3" crawl space) is covered with an oriental rug.
The room sounds amazingly neutral and can even accommodate large speakers quite naturally. There is a slight emphasis around 100Hz, which is what you would expect from a rectangular room with these dimensions.
Hope this helps."
Thanks so much for the post, better late than never.
That was very informative, and answers a lot of questions I had.