Describe the floor in your listening room.

Describe the floor in your listening room.
Padded carpet on concrete
34% (67 votes)
Padded carpet on suspended wood floor
27% (52 votes)
Wood floor on concrete
6% (11 votes)
Wood floor, suspended
8% (16 votes)
Area rug on wood
14% (28 votes)
Area rug on concrete
4% (7 votes)
Other . . .
8% (15 votes)
Total votes: 196

Now that we know a little about what you sit in while listening, how about the room you listen in?

Martin Bruczkowski's picture

Marble. This is a very American choice of answers. Here, in Singapore, the most popular floor is a kind of fake marble. It makes the room sound bright and horrible. And covering it with a rug in this climate is out of the question---it would rot and mold in no time.'s picture

My listening room was not modified to be really dedicated for audio. But it's nevertheless the way I use it. Padded carpet on concrete is good indeed in order to absorb most reflective, disturbing sounds. I don't use other absorbers or ASC-like stuff since I prefer to keep the sound alive (but not too bright, hence the carpet). I think that overdamped rooms can sound cleaner, but less real most of the time.

Eagan Clifford's picture

Living at Ohio State is detrimental to my hearing. Small, old rooms with bouncy floors.

Bill Poletti's picture

Concrete walls behind speakers, drywall on all other walls. One large window and one large glass sliding door acoustically removed by heavy vertical blinds. Wall treatments include tapestries.

John Crossett's picture

My listening room is also my living room. I share it with a VERY tolerant wife and 3 kids. As you might expect, I don't have total control over placement options but I do what I can. I'm lucky in that I've been able to set the room up for the best sound and not interfer to much with my wife's decorating ideas. So far it's win/win.

Jo Hartmann's picture

I live in a very bright room.The rug was upgraded last year to investment quality. As I get the system upgraded and start looking at the video interface then maybe questions about the room. That's for another year. We all must make some concessions to life outside of audio

Anonymous's picture

Fuck you Stereophile. You guys are a bunch of assholes. Get a new name also. Stereo is outdated you piece of shit.

Bob Bernstein's picture

Ok,, i have a TERRIBLE room,,,almost a perfect square! - - but, what can i do? This is what i have, and id really appreciate tips on making the most of it. I have read innumerable articles on speaker tips assuming a rectangular room of varying demnsions, but, I have a 11' x 12' room id like to make the most of. Anyone have any suggestions? And, no, i cant move or rennovate! Currently my Apogee Centuar Minors work as well as possible. Thanks!

Chris S.'s picture

My neighbors have the privilege of sharing in my enjoyment of music. I live in a townhouse and the neighbors are only a thin, plaster wall away. As for the flooring, it's just a padded carpet on a suspended wood floor. I do not currently use any other room treatments to tweak my sound, but I think I need some.

erich's picture

Padding, what padding?

Todd A.  Lee's picture

The floor is heavily padded with thick foam, as are the walls and ceiling. But the funny jacket they got me in inhibits the use of my remote at times.

Karl Richichi, U.T.  Film Dept.'s picture

Wood floor, suspended. No carpet . . . it might not be the best way to go for sound, but it is one of the only reasons I bought this old house. High ceilings and wood floors. I love it . . .

Lloyd Llarson's picture

Can Jack Skull, in his monthly column, address what the heck to do for setup in an L-shaped room?

Claude C.  Hall's picture

This is part of a finished basement with poured 10 1/2" thick concrete walls cover by styrafoam insulation and in turn covered by sheetrock. two 6 ft glass doors on fourth wall with heavy vertial blinds for light control. Solid ceiling on spanned trusses with dual ceiling fans and accompanying lights.

Willis Greenstreet's picture

I have put a couple of beams under the floor to stiffen it up, particularly under the equipment racks and turntable.

David L.  Wyatt jr.'s picture

The first thing I think about when I'm looking at a residence, is where will the system go. This room is multipurpose, so it can't be perfect, but i have I nice wide sweet spot, perfect for enlightening the pre-addicted.

Rub's picture

Because of marital downsizing, I'm sharing a small rental apartment. My listening room is my bedroom/home office/home theater. For this reason, I can't praise the NHT Super Ones enough. In this horrific acoustic space, they absolutely disappear, leaving precise images across the soundstage. FYI, AI Modulus 3 preamp; rebuilt Dyna ST 70 amp; Target HJ 70 stands; Audio Magic cabling, including power cords.

Charles Purvis Kelly, Jr.'s picture

If I had a choice bare wooden floors and wall-to-wall carpet, carpet wins everytime. Anything less than that is unacceptable.

Troy McHenry's picture

room is quite small, 12' by 10', but still packs quite a punch. Walls are covered with wall hangings.

Bob Smith's picture

I have a true Audiophiles room! 2 high-end speakers properly set up (not 5 channels of trash that assault you from every direction,that sounds so damm bad you would rather watch tv) electronics, roomtunes and one listening chair.

Travis Young's picture

Some really expensive and damn ugly mauve carpet my wife bought when I was away on business last November. HELLO? McFLY? Mauve doesn't match NAD equipment.

John Meyer's picture

I think this question on the critical issue of rooms is woefully lacking. Is the listening room dedicated? Is the listening room acoustically symetrical? A rectangle, square or non-symetrical? You have to know these parameters before you can begin to discuss the overall system setup. Regards, John M.

mr.  sound's picture

my floor is opposite of the ceiling.

Curt Simon's picture

window _______|____|_______ | ______ |_ | |_____|Dining _ | | |[]Stereo plants x | | LF RF |__ | records x| | x Chair c| | plant couch c|__ |x_______(:)________ __ Me | | front |--| door My setup is in the living room. We have 14' cathedral ceilings. This setup is not optimal from an audio point of view, but it isn't bad -- the speakers are a couple of feet away from the sidewalls and well away from the back wall, so the soundstage is fine.

David V.'s picture

The room that I listen in is a cultivation of many products. I consider it to be sort of the culmination of life, death, and, most important, art. The floor of my abode is simply concrete poured by the local construction men who most certainly possess Mafia ties. Whether this means that I will always have company with me when I listen I will not ask. The wall are made of aluminum cans that I purchased from the homeless man on the corner of Summit and 9th. They do have a destinctive stench, but the mix of vomitus and urine-like odors does quite rehash memories from Ozzy Osborne concerts and does bring that little something else that everone is seeking. These cans were assembled into a wall by the very man I acquired them from with epoxy and rubber cement. The concave shape on the bottoms of the cans do add something that I cannot quite pin down, but I do know that I could not be without this effect. The ceiling is rather reminiscent of nomadic life, with literally hundred of various sticks strung across. This adds very much to the diffusion characteristics of my room and is rather quaint. I passed on an area rug to get the very clothes the homeless man was wearing. He agreed to part with his tattered attire granted that I buy him a case of Thunderbird. Needless to say, all involved in the construction gained much. I still invite over the homeless man for a drink and a listen. As for the construction fellows, I let them come over whenever they damn well please.

arjan's picture

If your room is not good, don't waste money on buying expensive stuff. The depth in your stereo image is as deep as the space between the speakers and the backwall. So... NEVER put speakers close to the backwall, don't really listen well. One more thing: make sure the sidewalls are far from the speakers compared to your seat. If the above is not the case: sell your expensive equipment, buy a midi-set and go on holidays.

Matt Daniels's picture

150 year old Victorian home. (with no 3 prong ground outlets, no less) Fairly high ceilings. Some plain Victorian effects along door entries (3) Two windows, a couch (where the sweetspot is) a love seat, a coffee table, an end table, and a CD rack (read bookshelf.)

Carl's picture

Typical living room, 14x21x8, windows at one end and French doors at the other. Basement bijou is a tad larger and nearly all concrete. It took some serious $$$ to tame that space down.

Jake Stewart's picture

Small loft in a Torono Victorian house. Carpeting, fabric wall hangings, and nice tubes to keep me cozy all winter.

Tony's picture

It used to be a carpet on a slab, now it's plain concrete. Once we get the occupancy permit signed off, it should be a Wilson Art laminated floor on a concrete slab and with a Persian rug on top. Ouch! Compared to the cost of construction, the high end is a bona fide bargain! And maintaining tubes is a snap compared to dealing with the city, the contractor, the subs, and the neighbors. This damn room better sound as good as I measured, otherwise I'm selling the stereo, ripping out my hair, and I'll learn to play the banjo on my beautiful floor!