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    A new SMT level 3 reference room

    Hi all,

    I thought I'd share with you my new dedicated listening room which I completely refurbished to become an SMT demo and reference room.

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    My old room had in the beginning a number of Schroeder panels in the front and then some absorbers on the sides. As time got by, the number of absorbers was increasing steadily until I realized I was in a never ending spiral of damping...

    This was until I started to take classes in acoustics and in parallel to that I started looking for a fresh approach to treat my listening room. This way I got in touch with Matts Odemalm from SMT and after a couple of visits to reference rooms of his customers, I got sufficiently convinced of the effects of his philosophy to high-end acoustic treatment and we both started in a venture to get my listening room to become what it is today
    In my new room I have to turn down the volume by about 8dB to hear even more dynamics, spaciousness and timbral accuracy than ever before.

    I am now also starting as an agent for his products thereby giving acoustic advice to audiophiles looking at improving their musical enjoyment and dramatically increase the return on their equipment investment...

    That is not all of it, because I am now also an auditioning centre for Tenor Audio whose product I proudly own.

    So, I don't want this to become too much of a sales pitch but I did want to point out from the beginning that yes I do have financial interests in promoting this room but on the other hand I did accumulate (too) many years of trial and error and am happy to share why I ended up taking a wholly different route.
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    Very nice! I think you should include your room size and the retail cost of a level 3 room for better context.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddk View Post
    Very nice! I think you should include your room size and the retail cost of a level 3 room for better context.

    david
    My room is in the basement and has therefore a limited height of 2m45 (which is lowered by the diamond ceiling panels by 10 cms)

    Surface is 22 m≤: 4m20 wide and 5m40 long, that is without the treatment. The wings on the side are 18 cms and the flower wings are 25 cms deep so these visually reduce the room's surface but not acoustically since the wings allow the sound to go all the way to the wall backing up the wings ... and back.

    On the front wall corners there are a number of Varitunes (V6 and V4) which are helmholtz resonators.

    So this room is on the small side and therefore very difficult to treat to get it to the level of music reproduction as it is now. I will not say it is perfect but close...
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    A few analogue brands are in the line-up to be released soon ...
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    Regarding the pricing information, this is very dependent on the acoustic parameters of the room but obviously, for such full treatment, we are talking about the cost of +30k .
    This is of course a reference room so there are plenty of other intermediate solutions available since each module you see on this picture can be applied in a more modest setting.
    SMT also supplies standalone wings of which any system benefits largely. Hereby such wing in a transparent acryl version: (beware, the wing on the picture was illuminated in a special way so its curves become visible)

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    Thanks for the info flyer.

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    Flyer , the room looks just oh so perfect . Is that an actual picture , or a coputerized 3D rendering ?

    I too recently treated my room with products from SMT . The Bubble diffusers for the ceiling, Wing 95 for the side walls and a trio of Acrylic V Wing for the front wall . Extremely happy with the results , sonically and aesthetically . Bravo Matts !
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    That is a picture!! Taken by a better photographer though so the lighting in real life is not like that, especially at night when I like to listen in the pitch dark :-)

    Thanks for the compliment and indeed Matts needs all the credit for it!
    Aries Cerat and Stacore distributor for Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg - Tenor Audio and 432EVO Audition Center
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    Looks nice. Acoustics is a fascinating subject, and acoustic analysis and design is my favorite kind of work.

    I'd be very interested in more about the SMT approach, what its pros and cons are, and pre and post measurements.

    One question is how effective phase based (as opposed to amplitude based) diffusers are at small listener to diffuser distances.

    Also the Helmholtz thing is something you don't see much of because I don't know if anyone except SMT have figured out a way to make adjustable devices.

    I'd also like to see some more photos of the room if you have any.
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    Congratulations flyer! Very nice room indeed and I understand your enthusiasm. My story (http://www.whatsbestforum.com/showth...051#post341051) is very similar to yours and I have to thank Matts as well for his expertise in turning my very problematic room into a attractive, good sounding and cozy listening environment.
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    Can't say I've ever heard a room that was so heavily treated with diffussion and so lightly treated with absorption and bass trapping.

    Given the relatively small room size and attendant bass problems in small rooms, I'm fascinated that bass can be appropriately controlled in such an environment. I would love to see some FR and decay plots below 150HZ.

    It does look cool!
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