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    Listening Room Walkthrough, System Details, And Measurements

     

    I've searched for the last year or so, to find the perfect way to show my listening room and the components in my system, to everyone reading my articles. It seems logical to me that people have as much information as possible, when considering my opinion about a piece of audio gear or music. In addition, when I added ten more speakers, to make a 7.1.4 Atmos music system, my system descriptions almost demanded something better than plain text. Those who know me personally, understand very well that this has absolutely nothing to do with showing off my audio system. I'm a humble introvert who eschews self promotion. I much prefer the Barry Sanders understated style. The fact that I even added the previous sentences to this article, is evidence in and of itself :~)

     

    Anyway, I've had a vision in my head of what I want and how I want to show it, but the technology just isn't there yet, at least for a reasonable price and time commitment. I'd love to enable people to see behind all the components, move them out of the way to see cabling, and manipulate any objects in the room as needed. I'd also love to show the cabling in the walls, under the floor, and into the network. However, I just don't think there's a reasonable way to do all of this right now.

     

    One method I used was LiDAR scanning with several iOS apps and my iPhone 12 Pro. Certainly not a commercial set of software and hardware, but definitely accessible. I settled on the Scaniverse application because it gave me the best results and the least headaches. The end result is cool, but very underwhelming with respect to detail. Below is a screenshot of the Scaniverse results. Click on the image to display the video. Upon close inspection, both look like a fire ravaged my listening room and melted everything. 

     

     

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    Matterport 

     

    The platform I settled on is called Matterport. It's mainly used in real estate. It's incredibly easy to get really good results as well. One of the best parts about it is what Matterport calls tagging. As you "walk" through the space, you'll see information icons that display additional details about some of the items in the room. I can easily add/remove this information and instantly update the published results. 

     

    Below is my listening room, in Matterport. It's possible to walkthrough the entire space, go full screen, or even use a VR headset. 

     

    Note: If the video below doesn't work well, please click here to view it on the Matterport site. 

     

     

     

     

     

    Measurements

     

    While I'm at it, I might as well include the latest measurements of my room / system. As always, these are collected using Audiolense and the help of @mitchco from Accurate Sound, who designs my 65,000 tap, frequency and time corrected, convolution filters. This isn't your father's DSP, to say the least. 

     

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND readers make an effort to understand these measurements, if interested, rather than taking a guess at what it being depicted. The short and sweet way to say it is that these results are "text book."

     

    My complete system can also be seen here.

     

    Two channel stereo results:

     

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    7.1.4 12 channel Atmos results:

     

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    Headphone results:

     

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    I hope this information is useful to everyone in the Audiophile Style community. One can now see what I'm talking about and see that component evaluations are done in a transparent way with a "text book" system. 

     

    Comments, questions, and concerns are always welcome. They lead to a better outcome in the long run. 

     

     

     

     

     

    P.S. Audiophile Style community member @Booster MPS suggested that I post some photos of this room, in its original state, before I turned it into a listening room. Great idea. Here are two photos, and here's a link to the article with additional info and photos. (LINK)

     

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    Chris, how does the stairwell affect the sound?

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    9 minutes ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

    When I removed it, I didn't notice a difference :~)

     

    I was wondering since it is so prominent in the picture - thanks!

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    Matterport is very cool. Did you buy a license or ??

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    Just now, bbosler said:

    Matterport is very cool. Did you buy a license or ??

    I used the free version until yesterday, when I wanted one feature that required a starter license. I’d say most people could use the free version. 

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    Very impressive ... 👍

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    10 hours ago, loop7 said:

    Super fun.

     

    However, I think you really dropped the ball by not going the extra hundred thousand miles and allow us to explore inside each component and speaker.

     

    Maybe you first? 😁🤣

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    Very Nice Indeed.  And so Neat, I am ashamed, so ashamed.  I need to reform my ways!!

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    Heck with the Speakers and fancy software....did I miss a previous post??  Tubes??!!!!!!  Do tell!

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    Just now, jcbenten said:

    Heck with the Speakers and fancy software....did I miss a previous post??  Tubes??!!!!!!  Do tell!

    Ha! I’ve had that MC275 for 15 years. 

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    Interesting. The uncorrected measurements of the Wilsons look really good - professional setup? Are these measurements averages across multiple locations closely spaced around the position or do they include off axis measurements? 

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    45 minutes ago, all300b said:

    Interesting. The uncorrected measurements of the Wilsons look really good - professional setup? Are these measurements averages across multiple locations closely spaced around the position or do they include off axis measurements? 

    The measurements are all from my listening chair. 

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    @The Computer Audiophile - how many scans of the room in Matterport did you do and did you just use the iPad camera? I did four and still looked rough compared to yours.

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    4 hours ago, Hydrology said:

    @The Computer Audiophile - how many scans of the room in Matterport did you do and did you just use the iPad camera? I did four and still looked rough compared to yours.

    I used my iPhone 12 Pro that has LiDAR and used these options. Every circle on the floor in the walkthrough is another place I scanned. 
     

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