Originally Posted by bigshot
I'm not talking about equipment or the interaction of speakers in a room. I'm talking about what really matters in achieving great sound. I could read a bunch of pseudo-scientific sales pitch to decide how to get a stereo system to sound good, I could buy a magic box that does it for me, or I could just use my ears and a basic knowledge of how they work. I've read and read and read about minute phase shifting and jitter. None of it adds up to a hill of beans compared to the five principles I listed. I know exactly what a fraction of a milisecond (doesn't) sound like!
You can continue to try to bully me down by telling me I don't know what I'm talking about, but what I say is based on experience, not the reading of sales pitch on a manufacturer's website. I'm not even saying that those room correction devices are useless. The equalization function would be very useful for balancing the output of just about any speaker system. And with a 5:1 setup, adjusting the delay on each speaker individually can be used to synthesize different types of acoustics for effects. But with two channels, there just isn't much point.
A traditional stereo system is supposed to put the music in the room, not the room in the music.
Why do things need to be traditional? They could be traditional as in speakers bulit in the 60's and you wouldn't have a very good sounding system. Furthermore, if a system can seamlessly adjust for the gorss deficincies that are in almost every room, how could it not make things sound better? Of course, you seem to think most rooms are just fine and clearly don't understand the importance of acoustic environments as you think they don't really matter in creating good sound.
Why mention jitter? Again, it is not a matter of millisconds. The systems can adjust things to within milliseconds of precision, but the actual corrections may be greater than a few milliseconds.
I'm not trying to bully you. Neverhtheless, how can you take asuch a strong stance when you cleraly know nothing about this type of equipment? Furthermore, this isn't about sales pitches. It's about sound acoustic principles backed by very well developed software and robust hardware for computations. If I had never tried advanced room correction I'd probably be singing the same song as you. Nevetheless, I would at least get some first hand experience before drawing unfounded conclusions.