Cheap/Fun experiment - Record your listening

Hi Everyone,

We often talk a lot about room acoustics, and a lot of it is theory.  Want to try something for free, where you get to be the scientist and reporter?  Do this.

Play music on your system and record it with your phone.  Maybe a song or two.

Then, listen to it with headphones. 

Do you now hear the room??

Please post your findings along with your speakers and how much of the room you have treated.

There are no wrong answers, and no judge, and the only thing I'm selling is a shared experiment in psychoacoustics so please be nice. :)



Showing 3 responses by erik_squires

Hi @riley804

OK, but the point of this exercise is more to hear how the room sounds in a recording, not how my system sounds. If you think that’s interesting I’ll do it. I doubt you can tell much about my system.

Do I talk that much about it? I just use it as a reference in large part because I’ve measured it a lot, so we can compare what I’m hearing to measurements. Like when I say there’s bass, in a 6.5" woofer, its good to have the measurements.

I will probably be moving to South Carolina this year to a much more visitor and stereo friendly home. When I do I’ll be inviting audiophiles to come and listen.


I'll get to it this weekend, but I would love to have others record and post their systems too.  Again, the goal is to listen for ourselves and see what the room sounds like.  Doesn't sound like anyone is really interested in trying it though.
If possible, just leave your phone on your chair. 

Again, I am curious to know how well the room stands out in the recording.  When I've done this in the past, whether to record people talking, or systems, it was amazing how much more of the room you can hear.