Wes did a superb job of describing the sound of a difficult untreated room, the effects of good acoustic treatments and the process many of us go through improving a room.
His sound descriptions are dead accurate: "minimally furnished, it sounded hideous - clattery and shrill, with lumpy ill-defined bass." He later describes reducing "high frequency clang." Wonderfully evocative and scarily precise.
No need for me to repeat the review here as you can all read it, but I am struck by how well he captured in words what he went through and how it turned out.
I am still working on a small secondary studio (13'x10' with a 10' ceiling, cherry floor). I know exactly the process he brings to life in his review and what happens when you first add a rug (mine is a Karastan Kirman - 50 colors!), start adding bass traps, etc.
I now have 11 2'x4' panels in this room, including on the ceiling, and the sound is superb. As a side benefit, the stillness of the room is compelling on its own.
After reading the article I now want to go back and revisit the treatments and see what else I can do. It can be better yet.
Good acoustic treatment is as addictive as horsepower.
If you have yet to work on your room, start by at least taming first- order reflections. If you have not heard the improvements that good acoustic products make you are in for a treat. More effective and cheaper than new components.
Thanks, Wes. Nice, nice job.