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Room treatments for an odd listening room ?

My HT/audio gear if fairly common. Yet the room I am working with might be rather unusual in regard to the application of audio. I really have no understanding of room treatments or what they look like. I included a drawing of my current setup as relates to factors that should be important to room dynamics and the possible application of room treatments. If you have time, take a look, and tell me what might help.

Here are a couple of notes to supplement the drawing.
1. Its a carpeted basement, partially below ground. Lots of thick area rugs on top of the carpet here and there. A good amount of 'fat' couchy furniture.
2. There is a woodstove in the room. It can't me moved. I have to keep stuff, especially my HT gear away from it. Its on the drawing.
3. The main and center speakers are nearly up against a wall that is mostly below ground, completely below ground for the right speaker, barely on the left. Block wall with insualtion and wallboard.
4. There is both a TV and a 42" monitor in the room. Kind of odd, I know. We rarely just sit around. Moving alot and sometimes dancing around to the music. Old hippies. Both are hooked up to the HT, play lots of concert DVDs, we can view from pretty much anywhere. That's the logic behind that.
5. Not shown on the drawing is a good size window on the wall rather close to where the left main speaker is. Otherwise that is a block wall with some framing and wallboard.

Well I could not include the drawing but here is a link to it that works. THANKS!

Use view in full screen to get a closer look once you bring it up.

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q...nt/scn0001.jpg

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Re: Room treatments for an odd listening room ?

I can't seem to get that link to work here on this forum. It worked when I sent to another person's email and tried it elsewhere even on another forum, so in general its working outside of stereofile. Sorry, maybe someone can help with this too.
thanks again.

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Re: Room treatments for an odd listening room ?


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I really have no understanding of room treatments or what they look like.


Start here:

www.realtraps.com

Then follow up with any questions.

--Ethan

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Re: Room treatments for an odd listening room ?

Actually I had looked at realtraps just prior to your post. I feel that I am lucky with a very good sounding room. The only reason I can say that is I have listened to much more expensive systems in a few audio shops (that had separate rooms set up). Three all told. And while not a scientific study, I did bring some CDs as well as an exceptional DTS recording that I sort of use as refererence for surround configs. Trying to hold back bias, which is near impossible for humans, I really truly, found my room to win out. If nothing else, I was not blown away by those other sites which was double or more the gear in $$.

I wonder if its because I am mostly below ground and have lots of padding/rugs.

Still looking to make things even better, but the traps look wretched and I'll never know unless I go the whole route and buy and install them.

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I have listened to much more expensive systems in a few audio shops (that had separate rooms set up).


I have not been in every high-end shop in the world. But every high-end shop I've ever heard sounded terrible because there was no acoustic treatment. Who cares how great the rest of the stuff is when the sound is destroyed by bad acoustics?


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I wonder if its because I am mostly below ground and have lots of padding/rugs.


Rugs and "padding" will help at higher frequencies, but do nothing for bass problems which are usually worse (measured) if slightly more subtle audibly. What does help is having a large room. An untreated large room always sounds better than an untreated small room.


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the traps look wretched


Ethan's rule of acoustic treatment:

You can have effective, affordable, or attractive - pick any two. If you want effective and attractive you need to spend another coupla grand for something like those stretch-wall systems that cover all the panels so all you see is the nice fabric.

--Ethan

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