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TubeTrap Review by John Acton

John Acton

Excerpts from John Acton's TubeTrap Review for Positive Feedback Online

 

As far as the sonic performance of the ASC TubeTraps goes, I won't equivocate—the full ASC TubeTrap treatment in my room made a bigger improvement in my system's sound than any component upgrade I've ever made. I noticed the improvement before I even fired up the stereo. Speaking voices possessed a natural timbre and effortlessness that I've not experienced in such a small space. Flutter echo was banished, but the resultant acoustic was not in any way overly dead or unnatural. There was a perceived absence of nearby wall reflections, which tricked my brain into thinking that I was in a considerably larger space.

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The full ASC TubeTrap treatment in my room made a bigger improvement in my system's sound than any component upgrade I've ever made.

John Acton

Listening to music with the TubeTraps in place, I was struck foremost by the staggering increase in system articulation. Transient attack and decay was superbly clean, banishing a level of murkiness of which I had heretofore not been aware.

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The TubeTraps' tunable absorption and reflectivity allowed me to readily dial in soundstage width and focus at the sidewall reflection points. Tuned for reflectivity, the soundstage widened, albeit with a slight compromise in imaging precision and focus. Tuned for absorption, the soundstage did not extend as far outside of the speakers, but imaging was solidified, and the soundstage was more coherent.

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In all my years of listening to music via a dedicated two-channel audio system, Acoustic Science Corporation's TubeTrap products represent the most profound sonic improvement I've experienced. If I start to doubt the effectiveness of the Tube Traps, all I have to do is remove them from my listening room; within minutes I'm scrambling to put them right back in. Tube Traps are not inexpensive when approached objectively, but in terms of their price-to-performance ratio, they represent true bargains. And, one need not go in for a fully tricked-out solution from the outset.


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