Originally Posted by bigshot
But with a 2 channel setup in a living room with the speakers properly placed, timing correction just isn't necessary. Timing involves the space between speakers. So the only area that timing correction could even affect in a stereo rig is the 8 foot gap between speakers. That's the extent of your soundstage in a stereo rig. There's no way that a timing adjustment to one channel or the other would make a lick of difference in the rest of the room. And if your speakers aren't in proper phase sitting 8 feet apart from each other, you need to check the polarity of your wiring.
As for "embracing ignorance", that's done on a regular basis in this forum! That's what gives this place its personality. Personally, I find the regurgitated high end stereo doublespeak and outright hoodoo entertaining. I always enjoy reading comments like, "if you haven't heard this particular cable/black box/magic pebble, you can't say it doesn't work!" and "To my ears it has a softly veiled analoguish sound that is reserved like silk yet aggressive in a teal blue sort of way." Arguing that timing errors of fractions of milliseconds are more important than balanced frequency response is right up there too.
Your love for ignorance is astounding. If you are in the industry it is a scary thought. Do you have that big of a chip on your shoulder that you can't accept that something with which you clearly have no experience, might actually make a significant difference?
You are correct that room correction is beneficial to a 5. 1 system, but not for just creating "ambiance." Frequency repsonse adjustments can affect that. Nevertheless without proper time and level alignment in a 5.1 setup., imaging becomes completely distorted.
Nowhere did I argue that a fraction of a millisecond is significant for anything. I said the equipment is capable of correctly time aligning within milliseconds, however corrective adjustments might require more than such a small adjustment. Do you not understand the difference?
Again, educate yourself. Advanced room correction has nothing to do with audio voodoo. If you can't even understand why low frequencies and mid/high frequencies would benefit from separate time alignment, you are hopeless.
Furthermore if you think "the only area that timing correction could even affect in a stereo rig is the 8 foot gap between speakers" I guess you believe the room and resulting reflections have no impact on what you hear?
I never said timing is more important than frequency response. If anything, I said I said that timing affects proper imaging more than frequency response. Advanced room correction affects more than just timing, or have you completely overlooked that fact?