I'm really thinking of dispersion pattern when I say speaker size. I notice a big difference in the sound when I switch to a speaker with wider dispersion. My current room generally doesn't work as well with a wide dispersion direct radiator speaker for most music, although some close mic. vocal stuff actually sounds richer and better with the wider dispersion. I definitely don't like it as much when the recording already has complex reverb information in it. My room reverb added on doesn't add anything desirable and makes it harder to hear the original venue. The wide dispersion speaker when played in my fully carpeted bedroom sounds great, and really great when I had some acoustic panels in there. Without the panels imaging is difficult because the walls are too close and dissimilar to each other. I listened to your room recording compared to the straight Telarc recording you linked to. Your room recording sounds a bit wetter, richer than the straight recording on headphones. That's as it should be otherwise your room would sound too dead in person. I don't hear any particular tones sticking out in a way that's bothersome. At around 36 seconds the lower notes , tuba?, are much tighter and more distinct on the direct recording than the room recording. I find it interesting to listen to a recording like yours of speakers playing in a room while being able to compare directly to the original recording played straight into headphones. On more than one occasion I've found the recording of the speakers to actually be more enjoyable than the direct recording, which can sometimes be overly dry and sterile sounding. In this case the original recording has plenty of ambience so it sounds more detailed without getting sterile. A factor I hadn't considered before is that when you record the speakers playing back you get cross talk between the channels just like you do between your ears when listening in person. This adds crosstalk to the headphones that isn't normally there when listening to the original file.Close enough.
By room sound I'd like to think you're referring to recording hall because in most every case, that's what I think I'm hearing, even with many poorly-engineered recordings. But if by room, you mean listening room, I hope you're hearing very little "room sound". I've included a video below and would appreciate your take. This music piece I found on a Telarc sampler disk a few years ago and find it to be a nice little gem.
Actually, I never said no improvements can be made. IME, little improvement potentials are endless and abound most everywhere. But little improvements are quite limited and a FAR cry from necessity or requirement as some/many claim.
Speaker size isn't all that significant IMO though I'd prefer large over small. I think. But it's all too easy to overload a smaller room with a larger speaker if one is not careful. Thus far, I definitely prefer full range over limited range though recent revelations with my subwoofer's potential certainly make me more open-minded toward smaller speakers. Ideally and from a purely aesthestic perspective, I'd like nothing more than to possess the smallest speaker possible. Provided I wasn't missing a thing musically including bass and I think with much work that can be done.
Residential rooms tend to have certain problems or residential playback systems?
Thoughts on a "room sound"?