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How do you deal with summer heat?

Like many of you, I have a listening room that is quite small. It also, unfortunately, is in a part of the house that gets quite hot in the summer (I'm in Philadelphia, which can definitely get well into the 90s during the summer-- that's high 30s for you metric folks). My wife, in an act of mercy, got me an air conditioner for the room (at least as far as audio goes, I'm all solid state, but have two tube guitar amps in the room that can also generate a lot of heat). I'll do what I can to place the AC behind the speakers, but no matter what I do, there'll be a rather large amount of noise created by its operation. I've been in studios where they turn off the AC during takes-- is there any other option (aside from headphones) in terms of noise reduction that you can think of? What are your strategies for listening to music while not getting heat stroke?

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Re: How do you deal with summer heat?

1) Just like if your car is making a funny noise turn up the radio. Signal to noise ratio. High noise level? Increase signal level.
2) Pre cool your room. Get the room colder then normal prior to listening, then listen without the A/C. Switch it on when you go to use rest room and get another beer.
3) Ice or Dry Ice. H2O ice might create corrosion problems and CO2 ice might sufficate you.

Well into the 90's? Sounds nice. 115 here today.

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2) Pre cool your room. Get the room colder then normal prior to listening, then listen without the A/C. Switch it on when you go to use rest room and get another beer.

This is what I've been leaning towards.


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Well into the 90's? Sounds nice. 115 here today.

Honestly, I'd take dry 115 over humid 95. The kind of pollution that kicks up with the humidity makes it much harder to breathe. (Hottest place I've ever been was the Dead Sea. 120 easily.)

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Re: How do you deal with summer heat?

If 115 DRY heat is "better", and humid 95 stinks. Why is that dry heat in a place where there is barely any people or things living. Killed everything off, that's why it's a DESERT!!! Here where it's humid, smelly unbearable high humidy million and million of people...hmmmm. Las Vegas and LA are deserts, it will be again. Nature always wins. They had to pump water into La and Las Vegas from teh Colorado, and mess up the flow, it is catching up, NATURE wins, always will. Deserts are not for people, maybe a few strange plants and critters. See how nuts those people are in teh middle east, from being in teh desert? Dry heat makes em NUTS!!!! Humidity must be better.?

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Re: How do you deal with summer heat?

You could install a ceiling fan in your small room. Ceiling fans make rooms feel cooler, have low operating costs, and make little noise.

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Re: How do you deal with summer heat?

Yup, I have one on all the time, otherwise the air circulation would not get down to the bottom amps, they push out a lot of heat, I think I should put a hood over the stuff to exhaust the heat, or store it all for the winter, it's all wasted energy, that I want come wintertime.

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Re: How do you deal with summer heat?

Sitting near-field solves so many problems. Just leave your AC on low (blast it before you begin to listen to music) sit within 7 feet of your speakers and enjoy!!!

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Re: How do you deal with summer heat?

Where I live we have had only rain and 70 degrees max all summer... It's only when you don't have something that you really miss it.

I would suggest simply turning up the volume on the amp.

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Re: How do you deal with summer heat?

I would say by sitting by my pool and grilling out. A couple of cocktails are mixed in there too.

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You could install a ceiling fan in your small room. Ceiling fans make rooms feel cooler, have low operating costs, and make little noise.

But does the air flow and air pressure changes created by a ceiling fan affect the room acoustics?

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Re: How do you deal with summer heat?

I have a hunch that by the time you consider all these recommendations, the problem will have worked itself out somehow.

See ya next June!

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Re: How do you deal with summer heat?

When Sam Tellig's friend Lars bought a huge set of Krell class A monoblocks, Sam asked him what he was going to do, in the peak of the summer heat. How was he going to be able to listen?

"No problem", Lars said. "I'll just listen in my underwear."

Now that's an audiophile.

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Re: How do you deal with summer heat?

It's good this hobby is primarily a solitary activity.

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