The floor, perhaps surprisingly, is the single most critical element in achieving a great-sounding room. The very best-sounding floors are fully-suspended (not laid directly onto concrete, which is a disastrously poor sink for vibration) with thick solid wood planking on heavy solid wood joists (with no intervening damping layers or plywood) supported only at the walls—the wood of choice being maple, preferably air dried. The floor pictured in the photos meets all these specifications.
The mirror reflections from the standard room’s flat, parallel walls lead to muddy sound and slap echoes. There are better solutions than adding acoustic damping panels or traps; these can cure slap echo but bring with them uneven, unpleasantly colored and deadened midrange sound. The better solution is to break up mirror reflections with built-in or add-on strong contouring of the wall, the more contouring the better because it randomly reflects and diffuses sound in all directions. The very best-sounding wall (and/or add-on diffuser) material is clearly wood, next best is old-fashioned, heavy horsehair plaster over lath. Unfortunately, one of the deadest-sounding materials is today’s lightly-supported drywall.
Also shown is our pioneering approach to almost perfectly omnidirectionality, the Mapleshade ultimate speaker array designed around four of the astonishingly transparent and revealing Gallo Strada 2 speakers and two matching subwoofers—a major step beyond $150,000 megaspeakers for truly natural, immersive soundstage and transparency.
Just as essential as superb, live room acoustics is delivering clean AC power and the ultra-fast AC current transient peaks demanded by really dynamic components. Here, the all-out Mapleshade approach includes our Power Conditioning Strips, Minimalist Wall Outlets and, unseen behind the maple outlets, dedicated AC lines using our custom AC mains wire (to undo the sound-degrading effects of 20 amp Romex) and a custom-built maple fuse box with ceramic fuses (thereby eliminating the slowing of current transients caused by standard circuit breakers)
David’s purpose-built listening room, incorporating all of the above well-proven concepts, has utterly natural, truly clear sound of unparalleled liveness. Experienced audiophiles as well as seasoned musicians are mesmerized by the live, dynamic quality the room imparts to the playback of every kind of music—and the remarkable consistency of the acoustics at every spot in the room, not just for playback but even for ordinary conversation.