Learn more about room acoustics

With the April release of HiFiBerryOS, we’ll include automatic room equalisation. Some of you might think that this will magically fix acoustics problems in your living room. It probably won’t do this. While it can help to improve things, there are other actions you should do before:

  • Optimise placement of your speakers and listening position
  • Add acoustics treatments like diffusers and/or absorbers

Unfortunately this topic is quite complex. Therefore, we will recommend a book here: Sound Reproduction: The Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms from Floyd E. Toole. It’s a big book – almost 500 pages. However, you won’t find a lot of mathematic formulae in it. Floyd E. Toole explains acoustic phanomena in a way that even persons without a degree in mathematics or phyics will be able to follow. He also offers lots of practical tips that might help for your specific situation.

If you’re trying to get the best sound quality out of your equipment, do not spend hundreds of dollars for nice cables or other stuff like this, but start improving the acoustic situation of your listening environment. This book will help you with this.

April 22, 2020

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