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What size screen do you use? (thinking about acoustics)

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I need to get a better screen but I don't know if I should go 27" or 32". My worry with 32" is that it may hurt my listening position due to the size of the physical screen... Has anyone played with this?
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Re: What size screen do you use? (thinking about acoustics)

Post by James Perrett »

In my home based setup I have a 27" screen between the monitors and a smaller laptop screen below it. In the studio I have 2 x 21" screens between the monitors but my listening position is further away than in my home setup. The screens tend to be slightly behind the front face of the monitors.
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Post by Lophophora »

In my experience the desk itself is more detrimental than the computer monitor, because it's literally in the way. But I guess that depends on how far you are from the monitor, and how far it is from the speakers.

I doubt there would be a significant difference between 27" and 32" but if you want to be sure, just take two measurements with Room EQ Wizard (or equivalent): one with a 27" and one with a 32" monitor. If you only have a 27" at hand, take a measurement with no monitor at all just to get an idea of its influence on the frequency response at the listening position.

FR accidents are relatively easy to compensate in the mid and high range, unlike the low end, because they usually don't have a long decay time and are less caused by the room boundaries. However, comb filtering that might result from reflections on the desk (or monitor) might be an issue.
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Re: What size screen do you use? (thinking about acoustics)

Post by Luke W »

I'm running a 34" monitor with a 32" TV screen straight above it, but both are placed back behind the line of the speakers.

I think it's safe to say that in most spaces there will be lots of other factors that will be playing a much larger part in the sound of the room than the screen though, so I would say to go for the one that's most comfortable/practical to work on.
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Re: What size screen do you use? (thinking about acoustics)

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It's really not the size of the computer screen that matters, it's where it is placed in relation to the loudspeakers. if the screen is placed behind a line stretching between the speaker baffles it will not have a significant impact on the sound. If it is in front then it will, due to reflections and diffractions.

I run two 21.5-inch screens side by side, just behind the line between the speakers.

As was said above, reflections off the desk are likely to be more problematic in most situations.
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Hugh Robjohns wrote: Mon Sep 20, 2021 10:26 am It's really not the size of the computer screen that matters, it's where it is placed in relation to the loudspeakers.

Beat me to it.

I use a 42" TV but placed behind the line of monitors and in a bay. Never had a problem.
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Re: What size screen do you use? (thinking about acoustics)

Post by Mixedup »

I use a 27-inch one. I've tried larger screens and multiple monitors over the years and abandoned the idea a long time ago; you can only focus on so much at once, and I tend to switch views using keyboard shortcuts, which is how I work when using the laptop. (One caveat being that I'd probably add a second screen if I were doing audio for picture.)

As Hugh says, if the screen is behind the line from speaker to speaker, you're on safe ground. As long as you don't have a big reflective surface behind you, that is!
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Re: What size screen do you use? (thinking about acoustics)

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Lophophora wrote: Mon Sep 20, 2021 4:09 am In my experience the desk itself is more detrimental than the computer monitor, because it's literally in the way. But I guess that depends on how far you are from the monitor, and how far it is from the speakers.

I doubt there would be a significant difference between 27" and 32" but if you want to be sure, just take two measurements with Room EQ Wizard (or equivalent): one with a 27" and one with a 32" monitor. Take a look at SPAM LINK REMOVED If you only have a 27" at hand, take a measurement with no monitor at all just to get an idea of its influence on the frequency response at the listening position.

FR accidents are relatively easy to compensate in the mid and high range, unlike the low end, because they usually don't have a long decay time and are less caused by the room boundaries. However, comb filtering that might result from reflections on the desk (or monitor) might be an issue.

Unfortunately I only have a 27" monitor so I will check with and without the monitor when I can. My desk is as small as I can go without it hurting my ability to work, so I can't touch that. Thanks for the tips
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Post by Martin Walker »

Hugh Robjohns wrote: Mon Sep 20, 2021 10:26 am As was said above, reflections off the desk are likely to be more problematic in most situations.

I too run a single 27-inch screen, placed in between the monitor speakers for minimum acoustic disruption.

However, desk reflections are something I'm about to explore (I can certainly hear the improvement in stereo imaging if I place a large acoustic tile over my desk).

Raising the back of the desk slightly so it slopes downwards towards you invariably helps, by moving its 'mirror point' to force the desk reflections lower than your ears.

Apparently a 6 degree tilt is a useful recommendation, as it is sufficient in many cases without causing items to roll off your desk onto the floor. That for my 30-inch deep desk means raising the two back desk feet by three inches.

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Re: What size screen do you use? (thinking about acoustics)

Post by blinddrew »

One of my next jobs is to make a new speaker and screen* shelf for my desk. The current one isn't quite deep enough for me to really get my screens behind the front baffles of the speakers.
That's the easy bit of the project, replacing the main shelf will be a bit more convoluted.

* or monitor and monitor if you prefer!
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blinddrew wrote: Mon Sep 20, 2021 8:03 pm One of my next jobs is to make a new speaker and screen* shelf for my desk. The current one isn't quite deep enough for me to really get my screens behind the front baffles of the speakers.
That's the easy bit of the project, replacing the main shelf will be a bit more convoluted.

I used up some leftover Rockwool/Cara from building my panels and made up a stand for my screens that gets them right back behind the desk between my speaker stands and doubles up as an additional trap. Seemed like quite a handy idea at the time.
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