I'm getting a weird deja-vu. Haven't I seen this post and/or research before, here on HA, from you? Perhaps a previous version or variation of this research?
In the 5th paper, I reported some over-the-ear and in-ear headphone preference ratings of college students versus Harman trained listeners using the virtualized headphone methodology described in paper 3.5. Sean E. Olive, "Do college students prefer the same headphone sound quality as trained listeners?", presented at the 4th ISEAT, Shenzhen, China, (November 2013).In the past 3 months, we've developed an iPad software application that allows us to do very controlled and efficient headphone listening tests in the field to a) measure listeners' preferred bass and treble headphone levels, and b) measure listener preference ratings of different over-the-ear headphone models including the new Harman target response, the Sennheiser HD800, the Audeze LCD2 and the Beats Studio. The purpose is to see what is the preferred headphone target response and whether it's different from factors such as listener training, age and culture. While these tests are ongoing in the presentation I give a preliminary report based on 219 listeners I've tested in Canada, USA, China and Germany.
I'm assuming that standing waves will probably increase perceived bass
I guess the basic question is: if I were buying speakers, should I actually look for ones with a flat response?
I do not like speakers for that reason. I well and truly despise subwoofers for that reason as well. Destroy them. Destroy!
Quote from: Gecko on 20 January, 2014, 03:59:28 PMI'm assuming that standing waves will probably increase perceived bassStanding waves will make the bass seem harsh and distorted, not simply increased. What I've experienced with any speakers in any room in my entire life, is that in a given ordinary room that isn't a special dead room, some small range of bass frequencies will always resonate with the room's size, cause overamplified standing waves and make music unlistenable after a relatively short time. Since that effect does not exist in headphones, it's easier to boost bass across the board and still have a pleasing sound that one may describe as thick, warm, full etc.I do not like speakers for that reason. I well and truly despise subwoofers for that reason as well. Destroy them. Destroy!
And yet, nothing gives music and movies that 'full' sound that a properly-built and properly-setup subwoofer does.
Seems like correcting the standing waves would be a more positive move.