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Old 24th February 2004
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Barefoot Sound
 
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I forgot to mention that tailoring a soffited room response for a freestanding "sound" is fairly straightforward. It requires less bass absorption relative to the high frequency absorption. This actually makes life a little easier because bass is harder to absorb. But, as with all things, there is a tradeoff. Less bass absorption means a greater potential for standing waves. Therefore, the room geometry becomes more critical. Splaying the walls and angling the ceiling is definitely the way to go. Of course, this is the way to go with any world class room. And it's also necessary for minimizing early reflections, so it really shouldn't be an extra burden.

Thomas