Home » Audio » Room Acoustics » Improving acoustics in living room
Improving acoustics in living room [message #90129] Sat, 20 April 2019 20:43 Go to next message
Madison is currently offline  Madison
Messages: 254
Registered: June 2017
Grand Master
What's the most valuable change you can make in order to improve the acoustics in the family room? We've recently moved and I'm wondering if the hardwood floors are the problem, even though I've added rugs.
Re: Improving acoustics in living room [message #90131 is a reply to message #90129] Sun, 21 April 2019 10:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Wayne Parham is currently offline  Wayne Parham
Messages: 18167
Registered: January 2001
Illuminati (33rd Degree)

The "most valuable change" is the one that provides the most benefit. That wasn't meant as an impertinent reply, but rather to highlight the fact that different environments have different problems.

The most common problems indoors are related to reflections, and all rooms have these problems to some degree.

High frequency and midrange reflections aren't too bad, usually, as they contribute to the reverberent field. But they should be damped so they aren't as loud as the direct sound. Furniture, drapes and carpets usually help and often are all that is needed. Sometimes foam wedge absorbers or diffraction panels are beneficial.

Low frequency reflections cause room modes. Room treatments at this range are harder to do, and aren't generally provided by traditional home furnishings. Framed drywall construction acts a little bit like a panel absorber, so rooms made that way tend to be a little better than rooms with hard walls like concrete, brick, plaster or stucco. But it's not enough and room modes will still dominate the frequency response below about 150Hz. The best thing to improve this range is use flanking subs and distributed multisubs.

Then there are specific problems like buzzing panels, resonant chambers (like some crawlspaces, attic spaces and closets) and other things. If you have a problem like that, it's usually best to correct it first before dealing with the more common problems like room modes.

Re: Improving acoustics in living room [message #90134 is a reply to message #90131] Mon, 22 April 2019 09:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Augustus is currently offline  Augustus
Messages: 47
Registered: April 2019
Baron
Are your speakers on the floor? I used to have a problem with vibrations and buzzing and just getting things off my hardwood floors made an impact in how the audio sounded.
Re: Improving acoustics in living room [message #90202 is a reply to message #90134] Mon, 29 April 2019 22:35 Go to previous message
Madison is currently offline  Madison
Messages: 254
Registered: June 2017
Grand Master
We have exposed brick walls with wood floors. It looks cute and modern and I was thinking that it would be easy to keep clean and looking nice even with the pets and kids. I gave zero thoughts to the room acoustics at the time. Thanks for the help. It looks like I have some work to do.
Previous Topic: JBL M2 Setup
Next Topic: Soundproofing from outside noise
Goto Forum:
  


Current Time: Sun Nov 28 08:16:09 CST 2021

Sponsoring Organizations

DIY Audio Projects
DIY Audio Projects
OddWatt Audio
OddWatt Audio
Pi Speakers
Pi Speakers
Prosound Shootout
Prosound Shootout
Smith & Larson Audio
Smith & Larson Audio
Tubes For Amps
TubesForAmps.com

Lone Star Audiofest