Full kudos to Linn. The UK based audio-video specialist brand has found a way to make speakers sound great in a room.
For the average music lover unaware of the deleterious effect any room can have on every speaker, cheap or top shelf model, room acoustics are not important.
Which is a quaint notion given every one of them is hell-bent on a quest to snare a hi-fi system with life like sonic qualities.
The kind of system that allows you suspend disbelief and you were sitting in the best seat of the concert venue, with the performers on your lap.
The awful truth, and its one of the Hi-Fi industry’s dirty little secret is that yes, hi-fi stores abound with quality hi-fi systems.
Each has the musical prowess to transport you to the concert hall.
Problem is, once you get a decent hi-fi rig in your listening room, you’ll hear more of the latter than the former.
A hi-fi system uses sound waves to generate sound the ears interpret as music. These sound waves interact with the room. Within microseconds, that sound meets walls, ceilings and even carpeted floors, which reflect back the hi-fi system’s, direct sound with secondary and tertiary reflection.
Room acoustics are the final audio frontier, which until now, music lovers could not easily navigate-until now.
When Linn says every room has its own particular sound, you’d better listen up.
Linn poses the question we all need to hear in this way:
‘’When you’re investing in a world-class music system, why let your room have such a big say in what you hear? Remove the unwanted distorting effects of your listening environment and reveal the true sound of the music.’’
Easier said than done, might be the average music lover’s response. Especially those who have invested heavily in drapes, bass traps and acoustic panel.
Which are all useful ways to cull some of rooms unwanted resonances, but sadly not all of them. Or even most of them.
Short of moving into a swell-designed recording studio that has some live resonances, there must be a better way.
There is. Linn calls it ‘’Space Optimisation’’. The concept employs acoustic modeling to compile an exacting snapshot of the sonic relationship between your speakers, their positioning and the unique acoustic properties of your room.
Space optimization then identifies precisely and accurately those unwanted secondary and tertiary frequencies created by your room and culls their energy.
The result? According to Linn music that would otherwise be hidden is revealed.
Sounds mystical to some. But practical and scientific to those of us who have an inkling of the millions Linn ploughs into scientifically based research backed by exhaustive listening tests each year.
Space Optimisation isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ approach to domestic acoustics.
Linn’s system is so refined takes into account vital small details such as the position of each of your speakers drive units and the response of bass reflex ports.
Before Space Optimisation positioning speakers was a trade off. You could put them where they sounded best in the room that nearly always wasn’t the most practical of locations.
But with Space Optimisation recreating the best sound from your chosen, practical room ergonomics, you can put the speakers where they create the least domestic disharmony.
While Linn’s Exakt systems use an enhanced version of Space Optimisation, the technology is now available for many other speaker brands.
Right now specific speakers from B&W, KEF, Kudos, Monitor Audio, ProAc and Spendor as well as Linn’s own speakers are Space Optimisation compatible.
Linn says Space optimization will soon also work wonders with specific models from ATC, Audio Physic, Canton, Dali, Dynaudio, Focal, JBL, Martin Logan, Naim, Neat, PMC, Quad, Sonus Faber, Totem and Wilson Audio.
With Watt Puppy 8s installed in Sound Mag’s reference audio system, we can’t wait to try Linn’s Space Optimisation.
For a full list of compatible speakers and for more information: www.linn.co.uk