Interaction between environment and speakers

Interaction with listening environments

A complication is the interaction of the speaker with the listening environment. This interaction affects the speaker's electromechanical behavior and thus the load it represents to the amplifier, making it difficult to predict the sound a given system will produce in its intended environment without listening tests. It has been theorized by some of the audiophile world that the perceived differences in sound between amplifier/loudspeaker combinations are in fact only differences in their interaction with their environment, rather than absolute differences in sound quality; and similarly, that any perceived differences in speaker cables, past a minimum set of specifications regarding resistance, inductance, capacitance, etc. are mainly due to advantageous interactions with a particular speaker-room combination.