Mar 172010
 

One of the missing factors in many published reviews these days, both in print and on-line, is the Listening rooms, systems and components in which the reviews are conducted. In my opinion it is very hard, if not impossible to fully understand the conclusions of any review, if you lack the context in which it was done.

Here on Adventures in High Fidelity Audio magazine, the context and the music used for every review will be included in the main body of the text of the review; or at the end. It is my firm belief that this will help give you, the reader a more complete review.

Many printed magazines in the past would, once a year give their readers a guide to their staff and free lance writers systems and rooms. However, sadly this is somewhat of a rarity now; except in some of the on-line magazines. I for one would look forward to this annual event, and the best examples would be found in the pages of  American magazines The Absolute Sound and Stereophile. The British titles then, and today mostly lack this sort of information, with the exception of one of articles featuring their more popular reviewers. One such article, a number of years ago in the pages of Hi-Fi News featured the building of Ken Kessler’s listening room; and recently Roy Gregory’s listening room build, feature in Hi-Fi +, this sort of information adds depth to the reading of those writer/reviewers work and will also to mine.

I will allow the photos I present here to speak for themselves, and not bore you by providing an inventory of the components I have in my review arsenal. Rest assured, however, that each and every item used in a review will be listed, and detailed photos will also be provided.

Main Listening Room 1 is quite large. Its dimensions are as follows, 9.5 foot deep by 14 foot long (area used for system). The room is actually two knocked into one, so an additional 12 foot exists to the right side, with a very large CRT TV acting as a room divide; this works very well. Floor to ceiling height is 9 foot 3 inches. The floor is solid concrete with a carpet covering. All walls are solid, with various book and CD storage (full). Acoustics are just the right mix of damped and live, providing a natural sounding spoken voice.

The Second Listening Room is upstairs, and is quite small. Dimensions are 7 foot deep by 8.5 foot high by 11 foot long. Floor is a suspended wood floor made up of traditional long boards; and this is covered by carpet. My vinyl collection is housed in this room as is the rest of my CDs and audio magazines. Acoustics are very good and similar to down stairs, except that bass overload happens quickly,  if the speakers are too large.

So there you have the rooms in which the reviews will be done, all you need to do is sit back, read and enjoy.

Neil

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