Given that you have spent the best part of £30,000 on your speakers I’d have expected you to be able to answer your question, or perhaps rather not feel the need to ask it at all. If you had thought it was a waste of money surely you wouldn’t have bought them? If you like them, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.
I have listened to some systems where the acoustic treatment was killing the life of music. It was clean, transparent, but too much linear.
Some rooms are too much treated, other not enough, and other badly.
Personally I tested different components to treat my room and preferred with only very little treatment.
I don’t think it’s the best idea to treat first the room and buy speakers after.
The treatment must be adapted to your system and interactions of the speakers with the room. It must be done step by step.
Not sure I get the Darko hate. He takes a refreshing approach. He’s accessible and he likes to demystify. Can’t imagine why anyone pursuing this hobby would be dismissive of that. Equally difficult to comprehend why the self-appointed experts on hi-fi fora get to disrespect that. Is there some formal appointment process I missed? Could it be he got to where he is because he didn’t have a closed mind and sat down and listened? Perish the thought eh!
Not sure the thread title especially helps the cause but you’d have to have an especially closed mind to reject this. Rooms impact. Sometimes you can do something about it and sometimes you can’t. I love some of the rooms on the System Pics thread but many of them with room treatments don’t look they’re occupied by actual human beings or like the poster has a family.
Excellent video of a much disregarded subject. Talks a lot of sense.
Treating my room was one of the best things I have done. Luckily I have a dedicated listening room so complete freedom of quantity and positioning of acoustic panels. Treated with advice from GIK and trial and error.
It’s very positive that all work perfectly for you now, including your new speakers and top 500 system.
But how do you know that the acoustic treatments of your room have not to be adapted now to your new speakers ?
Certain configurations can work for one speakers and not the best for others.
Too heavenly treated room can also be a disaster or negative impact on the life of music.
Are you sure that measurements give always the best indications?
My dealer treated his main room by a specialist, REW…mic…etc
However 2 years after my dealer took off some panels because the sound was too anemic. ( aseptisé). The measurements couldn’t show that, only the feedbacks of customers who were listening.