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Is your expensive stereo system not sounding quite right in your new room? Room size, shape and surfaces all greatly effect the quality of music reaching your ear. Reverberation times, flutter echoes and standing waves can all degrade the quality of the sound that you hear.
Room acoustics is critical in large spaces such as auditoriums, concert halls and cinemas, however it is also very important in small rooms within the house. For instance if there isn't enough absorption in a room, it can feel cold and echoey. In home cinemas, home recording studios and in any room where music is listened to, the room acoustic characteristics are crucial in determining the enjoyment gained from that room. In these rooms the acoustical design aim should be to:
Following these guidelines should assist in preventing undesirable acoustical situations such as flutter echoes and standing waves/ room modes.