Fantastic acoustic panel configuration
i have 2x4’ panels made of Owens Corning 703, placed on either side of my Vandys to catch early reflections. I have a Roxul panel behind me, as the room is medium-small, 11x16’. I was playing around with my hands behind my ears, and I pulled the panels down from their position to beside my ears at roughly a 45 degree angle, forming an inverted cup around the listening position.
Now, I’m sure there are good reasons why this isn’t a good idea, including the obvious aesthetic problems with this arrangement, but damn if it doesn’t sound good! The idea is, forget the early reflections; catch the latest reflections before they hit the ears! You may think that’s a butt-ugly way to set up a living room, but all I have to do is move the panels into position. It takes way less time than cleaning or cueing up a record, and you can keep it that way for a whole evening. It’s not an ideal sound, but it’s the best I’ve ever heard in the room I have. The great thing about freestanding absorptive panels is that you can move them around to experiment like this. It’s great fun. Try it if you have them!