So here is a question that has had me thinking for quite a while. How much can nearfield listening compensate for a room that most folks would consider too small for a given tower speaker? The size of ones listening room seems to stir many different opinions on weather or not a given room is considered too small or just right for certain speaker.
My listening room leans towards what I would consider the small side at 12w x 9L but it does open up into a larger area due to a "Half Wall" that is directly behind my listening chair. This "Half Wall" only occupies the area directly behind me from floor to ceiling but does not completely enclose my listening room in a way that isolates it from the larger room behind me .
I use a rather large tower speaker in this room which incorporates 3 X 10" Bass drivers in a sealed cabinet (Legacy Audio Sig III) and I sit a short 7' away from the front plane of the drivers. In my opinion I do not feel as if I'm being blown out of the room by any certain frequency range despite usually listening at a fairly loud level on most occasions (+95db). The sound I hear is probably not the most transparent but it is very full and engaging due to my seated position.
What is the driving force behind the determination if ones room is too small? Is it total volume or cubic feet of a given area? Is it simply the distance between listener and the front plane of the speaker? What if the volume is fairly large in total but it is not of a continuous nature and instead is made up of a series of smaller areas that link together separated by partial walls that do not cut off a given space fully in any way?
I have read info in the past that suggests that nearfield listening may actually be a good thing in rooms that are small because it can eliminate allot of the room related issues altogether because you are seated at a distance that is prior to the distance in which all of these nasty variables take place.
Please post your thoughts...Thanks