An article in response to a series of ProSoundWeb forum posts questioning the necessity of delay speakers.
The default argument in favor of delay speakers appears to be level restoration. The default objections are timing issues and sonic perspective distortion.
This article attempts to explore some serious but often overlooked advantages of delay speakers beyond plain level restoration.
"Usually, the artist has signed off
on how much kick drum is in the recording
by that artist"
- Howard Page -
Every now and then, the giants that helped build and shape our industry, stick there neck out and plea for common sense. Howard Page's article about exorbitant subwoofer levels doesn't nearly receive enough attention even though it's more applicable than ever.
"It turns out that, within very generous tolerances, humans are insensitive to phase shifts. Under carefully contrived circumstances, special signals auditioned in anechoic conditions, or through headphones, people have heard slight differences. However, even these limited results have failed to provide clear evidence of a 'preference' for a lack of phase shift. When auditioned in real rooms, these differences disappear..."
Dr. Floyd Toole