Speaker Decoupling: Why it’s so hit and miss (and when to still do it)

hedd audio & acoustics insider

I don't know about you, but whenever people get into lengthy arguments about speaker decoupling, I just want to leave the room.

It's such a pointless debate.

The physics is well known and it's not particularly complicated.

The only reason why there's so much confusion about this, is that manufacturers of studio speaker decoupling products do a TERRIBLE job at showing how they work.

Perhaps that's because physics isn't really on their side...?

What makes things worse for us home studio folks, is that decoupling in general is WAAAAAY overemphasized.

Even IF you have a coupling problem, the effect will be so small that you can't even detect it with our standard Room EQ Wizard measurements.

Can coupling cause deterioration of sound?


But literally EVERYTHING else you do will be an order of magnitude more important and impactful.

And that leads me to my very practical advice on speaker decoupling in this week's video.

Let's put this to rest and move on to more important things.



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