How Great Speaker Systems SHOULD Work
Great speaker systems should have sound sensors to automatically calibrate them for your room.
You just spent over $500 on a new home theater system, but somehow it doesn't quite sound the way it should. It's not your fault. You followed all the instructions... You took it out of the box, ran a few wires, plugged in the speakers, then turned it on. What more can you do?
The real problem is that the manufacturers failed to compensate for the unique characteristics of YOUR room. Every room is different. Large rooms sound different from smaller ones. Rooms with hard floors sound different from carpeted ones, and every single item in your room, including the furniture and even your windows, doors and curtains have an impact on the sound you'll hear.
Not only that, but your particular placement of each speaker, and your position in the room have an even greater impact. Your sofa could be closer to one particular speaker, and very far from another, which means that depending on where you sit, you'll hear too much of one speaker, and not enough of another.
That's just scratching the surface, because a good speaker system should compensate for things like equalization too.
The solution is for all sound systems to come with a microphone to calibrate the room based on where you sit.
Here's how it would work. Once you position your speakers, you place a microphone wherever you plan to sit, then hit a button on the receiver that sends a series of distinct tones through each speaker. The microphone listens to the sound and adjusts each speakers volume and equalization settings so that the sound matches the test pattern.
The result is perfectly calibrated sound, that plays music exactly as it was meant to be heard.
Joe Crescenzi, Founder
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