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Old 19th August 2019
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@ Synthpark : EQ:ing is not an option to prevent SBIR. SBIR occurs due reflections of sound which has already left the speaker and you cannot stop the sound electronically after it has already left the speaker towards a reflective object. (I think = do not know for certain, John PM on this forum (the author of REW) wrote you can prevent / lessen it with EQ but it was not an easy procedure, so in practice not manageable.)

Regarding the Sound on Sound article; What they write as a down side with speakers close to the front wall has to do with what the end consumer might enjoy = a wide and deep soundstage. Fairly strong reflections from side walls and the wall behind the speaker will widen the sound stage outside the speakers and also depth. That might be enjoyable and nice to listen to but it is a false widening and depth. It does not exist on the recording, it is due to interaction of the room and speaker setup.