Looking to create the ultimate space for watching TV, or listening to music? Read on for some useful, easy, tips for creating the best space for sound.
If you enjoy music and/or movies and are looking for an enhanced listening experience you have certainly come to the right place! Here are a few tips and tricks to create a spot for you, and your family, to have a place to hide out and get lost in a world of sound.
1. Walls, windows, and doors
If the room you have chosen has windows, cover them with thick blinds or, better yet, lined curtains, to increase the sound absorption.
If you have a lot of empty space on your walls – consider hanging some rugs up, or hang extra curtains along the wall. This will help to absorb the sound.
Get a seal for your door, especially the bottom, or even sides if needed, to prevent sound from bleeding out into the hallway. In a pinch, you can also cover your door with a curtain. Replace, or cover, if the door has any glass in it.
Hardwood floors, or rooms with very thin carpeting, are not the best for listening areas. A thick carpet, or a few rugs, truly will help with the way sound travels in the room.
Consider placing cork flooring below the carpet as this will absorb sound, making the listening experience better for you – and block out a considerable amount of sound from anyone who happens to be in the room beneath you.
3. Placement of equipment
The very best place for your speakers is a little ways away from walls or corners. This will help to maximize sound and minimize boominess.
It’s the consensus from most stereo experts that seven speakers (eight including the sub) – which is called a 7.1 setting – should be used to achieve maximum sound in a room. The two main speakers should be at the front of the room, one on each side. If your TV is also in the room, this should be placed between these speakers.
To optimize your surround sound, two back speakers can be placed behind your seating, near the back wall – more or less opposite to where your front speakers are. Two smaller surround speakers are best put just to the sides of your seating area. The center channel should be placed right in front of you, maybe above a TV if it is there.
Putting speaker spikes into the bottom of speakers before placing them on the floor can help to decouple the sound from the floor, minimizing bass rattle. Stands are useful, and provide the same effect, for smaller speakers.
Big, cushy, comfy furniture is best in a listening room. Extra padded furnishings are beneficial for two reasons – first, to help with – you guessed it – sound absorption – and second, they are extra comfortable so you can relax and enjoy your listening experience even more!
As I mentioned above, using a cork floor will help to dampen the sound a bit, as will rugs both on the floors and walls – but if you like it LOUD, and don’t want to bother your neighbors, or the rest of your family, consider some extra soundproofing.
There are many ways to soundproof, including materials you can insert behind walls, or by creating a drop down ceiling with insulation. If this is a route you want to take, it’s best to consult an expert to see what the best way to soundproof your room is before you start, as all methods suit different types of walls.
Family entertaining, or a solo escape?
Does your home have a listening room? Does your whole family use it, or is it a special area for one or two family members to enjoy? Let us know in the comments!