tube-trappinghi. sorry i didn't respond sooner. i've been listening to vandersteen 2ce signatures, audio physics spark, virgo, and another model i don't remember, as well as ruock, and totem speakers. it looks like i'll be keeping my tube traps, since i chose the vandersteens in my little 10 foot by 11 to 13 foot room. i'll pick sweet, lucious, engaging sound over solid, detailed, dry any day. ... now to the tube traps. i have a mixture of commercial ones and ones i had my son build for me from directions in a stereo magazine. i had the tube trap people design the trapping, when i thought i was going to go all the way with the real stuff. the most important were the round ones in the corners, then half-rounds on the front wall, then on the side wall rightbehind the speakers. the next step was third rounds on the ceiling. in that room i also built the walls double thick and stuffed them with insulation. i also use a variety of panels, as well as three inch and four inch foam panels, that stuff recording studios use. yes, it does damp things, but you get great detail. i'm going to try to play with getting rid of some of this stuff in my new room, but when one is in love with vandersteen speakers in a small room, one has to commit! actually, the room doesn't sound as damped as one would expect, especially now with a bay window. oh, i have done the bass trap bit kind of, putting tube traps in the closet in my front wall, then putting the foam over the entrance. i know this sounds like i'm fighting myself with the speakers, room, and dampers, but it really does sound nice. i can soak into the music really well, which i prefer to thinking about it.