Acoustical design


acoustical engineering for the home environment

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Rives Mission

Rives Audio is a company founded and dedicated to listening room and home theater acoustics. We provide solutions and services for correcting anomalies in the home listening environment. This is done through hardware, software, and consultation. Rives Audio provides cost effective high-end hardware solutions with technically proficient engineering practices and sonically outstanding results. These solutions are for known problems in the listening environment, that due to the increased resolution of high end audio systems, now plague the improvement in reproducing the musical experience. Rives Audio has three levels of acoustical consultation services to meet a variety of customer needs. This is something that has an increasing need, but relatively few places provide this service at the level or attention to sonic detail that it deserves.


The PARC is a Parametric Adaptive Room Compensation system. Rives Audio designed the PARC because current stereo and home theater components have exceeded the capability of their environment. Today's high-end speakers and electronics have the capability of delivering a near flat response throughout the audible frequency range (20Hz to 20kHz). However, these systems interact with their environment, namely the room they are located in. One of the largest problems in typical listening rooms is standing waves or room modes caused by parallel walls. The PARC is specifically designed to alleviate this problem.

The PARC is a 3 band parametric equalizer (parametric eq). It compensates for room modes or axial modes that cause the certain bass frequencies to be elevated in the room.

Rives Audio also manufactures and supplies a variety of acoustical software and acoustical measurement tools:

We offer ETF, Energy Time Function software; BARE, Bass and Room Evaluator; Calibrated microphones and pre-amps, hi resolution sound cards, CARA software, and our Rives Audio Test CD 2. This CD is the only CD calibrated for the Radio Shack analog sound meter.

We invite you to compare Rives Audio software, test kits, and components to others costing significantly more. We do not think you can find a better value in audio software or any better methods of acoustical analysis or acoustic measurement available anywhere.
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After investing a lot in equipment, shouldn't you get the most out of your listening room? Unfortunately, when it comes to home audio, most people don't. After researching and purchasing very good and often state of the art equipment the room is ignored. This is very unfortunate, because the room is often the most important factor in achieving good quality sound.

We specialize in small room acoustics, listening rooms, media rooms, home theater room design, including home theater sound proofing, and have over 30 years of experience in acoustical engineering and design. We've designed rooms from New York to Singapore and can improve the sound of virtually any listening room. In fact, our designs will make a more dramatic change in your system than any upgrade at a similar and often much higher price. We design rooms for home theaters as well as 2 channel audio on both a domestic and international basis. However, in all cases the primary goal remains the same: to achieve the best sonic results. There are three levels of acoustical consultation available.

At all three levels our priority is to develop an acoustically rewarding change in the listening environment while keeping in mind any constraints our client may have, such as square footage available, existing structures, aesthetics, and overall cost. We understand that the best acoustical solution, may be impractical for some. And what is practical for one customer, may not be practical for another. Stereo acoustics (2 channel acoustics) differ from home theater acoustics, and through the design process we try to understand our customers needs from aesthetic designs to ultimate acoustical designs. Even at the entry level we take into consideration the customers individual needs. At the higher levels we work through more constraints and more options.

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