Should audio reviewers publish details of their listening room (with photos)?

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The room is the most critical component in any loudspeaker system. Should reviewers detail theirs, preferably with photos?

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I enjoy seeing reviewers rooms and it’s also a critical piece in understanding a given reviewers complete system, if you will.

Short answer: Yes.

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Seeing the listening room is a way to better understand who the reviewer might be as a person. I have almost always lived in an apartment. Over the years, this has shaped my taste/s in audio gear.

So – it’s a yes from me.

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An absolute yes from me. The quality of the relationship between the reader and reviewer is critical. If the reader has a strong sense of the reviewer’s preferences, philosophies, interests, and listening environment, then the reader will gain a better understanding of the product under review.

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yes, (though the photos many times satisfy rather the MTV cribs interest).  As stated before i think it is necessary to follow a reviewer long term in order to come up with anything useful from their reviews. In this also belongs the context of their system and listening room. Many times a proper set up including the selection of the used acoustical treatments is a useful pointer for once own home.

At the same time this also is useful to judge the work and approach of the reviewer. As an example, I was rather surprised, to put it mildly, to learn how an editor of an online-magazine set up (threw together might be the better term) his new dedicated listening area. Given that system context i honestly question findings and judgements.

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Yes, for all the reasons mentioned above.

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Yes. I think knowing something about the setup of a reviewer’s listening space can give context to some of the comments made about how the reviewed item sounds. In this same regard I also appreciate the reviewer using and identifying music used from a variety of genres.

Regards,

Mario

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Yes and yes!

It helps establish a context for relating a review to one’s own room (size, dimensions, layout, materials, etc.

Also, we are all in this together, those kind of pics help make reviewers more relatable and human. It makes me feel “invited in.”

I loved seeing ML’s pics because his room was interesting in a variety of other ways! An obviously multifaceted person.

Some things the pics have taught me: I read about placement stuff, but never visualized it well in my mind by just reading the numbers. Seeing things helps. I tend to listen in the far field, I think ML’s pics were most closely similar to my distance from speakers. (Maybe Jon Iverson, too.) JA, Art Dudley, Mike Fremer, and Herb listen much closer in than I do: they have made me play with moving in closer sometimes. Looking at their toe in, etc, also very motivating!

I think pics of the room for each review is a good idea!

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Absolutely yes. I would prefer photos, but at least an accurate description of size, furniture, flooring, and any treatments should be given. As mentioned in the question “The room is the most critical component in any loudspeaker system”. So without photos, or a description, then the review of a speaker system becomes much less useful.

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It completes the review. Without, something is missing.

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