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How Much Have You Spent On Room Treatment?

Discussion in 'audio' started by paulfromcamden, Jun 18, 2021.


How Much Have You Spent On Room Treatment?

  1. 0 - £250

    72 vote(s)
  2. £250 - £500

    14 vote(s)
  3. £501 — £1,000

    8 vote(s)
  4. £1,001 - £2,000

    5 vote(s)
  5. £2,001 - £5,000

    4 vote(s)
  6. £5,001 - £10,000

    2 vote(s)
  7. > £10,000

    4 vote(s)
  1. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    As far as I’m concerned yes, very much so. I’ve understood the old-school studio ‘live end/dead end’ for most of my hi-fi life, i.e. for every opposing pair of surfaces in a room at least one should be an absorber or diffuser. This obviously includes the floor/ceiling, so I always have a good thick carpet, underlay, rug etc. Thankfully records, CDs and books are superb at breaking a room up, and as stated up thread I have loads of those! I also find certain room shapes work well for me and others do not. I like a rectangular room and the system on the ‘wide’ wall. I’d never live anywhere with an ‘L-shaped’ or two rooms knocked through, and I’d never want a system firing down the long dimension. This late in the day I have a very good idea on walking into a room if I can get it to work for what I want or not, and I just don’t rent or buy anywhere that doesn’t look viable. I far prefer to just get it right at the beginning rather than attempting to fix an acoustic mess later. It is a big part of a house viewing for me and always has been as I’ve been an audiophile long before a home renter/buyer.
    ryder likes this.
  2. gustav_errata

    gustav_errata pfm Member

    In case it wasn't clear, that wasn't my actual point.
  3. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    So what was your point?
  4. Folkman

    Folkman pfm Member

    Over £4,000 spent on professional room treatment and worth every penny.

    Books , records , et , etc , all help but give very unpredictable and poor results . But i guess it all depends on what you are looking for and whether you can actually treat the room correctly.

    To be done properly and to give good results you have to use the correct type of treatment , in the right quantity and in the correct position. Its no good just sticking a few panels up and hoping for the best.
    Old Shatterhand likes this.
  5. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    Sweet FA
  6. Darren L

    Darren L pfm Member

    Nothing on professional acoustic treatments, but quite a bit on a rug, sofas, armchair and a couple of tapestries, not to mention the records, hifi tables and shelving and the room itself:confused:
  7. gustav_errata

    gustav_errata pfm Member

    Too meta, I guess?
  8. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    Do you mean recording spaces or control rooms?
    booja30 likes this.
  9. Richard Lines

    Richard Lines pfm Member

    DSP is independent of the music source surely??

    Aren't recording studios kind of designed to do a particular job from the ground up?


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  10. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

  11. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs “coping with coping”

    Don’t call me Shirley.


    I guess DSP is some electronic jiggery pokery that I would have to put in between the record deck and the amp? Or twixt c.d. player and amplifier?

    Fairly sure it involves something I ain’t got.
  12. sq225917

    sq225917 Bit of this, bit of that

    Panels about 200 quid, double lined theatre curtains about 400.
  13. PhilofCas

    PhilofCas pfm Member

    Not a sausage.
  14. htm_1968

    htm_1968 pfm Member

    Are you in Northern Ireland? I would blame the EU....

    PhilofCas and paulfromcamden like this.
  15. deebster

    deebster Half Man Half Biscuit

    Nothing. I have some carpet on side wall reflection points, had a couple of rolled up duvets in the corners behind the speakers for a while and nearly bought some used panels and bass traps on here, but that didn't happen. Now the duvets are at the other end of the room and I prefer the sound, so it was probably for the best that I didn't buy them as I think it may have been too much.

    My room is only 12' x 8' with all a couple of racks holding two systems worth of stuff minus speakers, an RCM, a few shelves, a dartboard, full bookcase, 4 x 4 Ikea rack of albums, a few boxes of stuff, a reclining chair and a teetering pile of randomness in a corner behind the door. There's really not much free wall or floor space left.

    Learning about speaker placement and that when listening nearfield the room effects are diminished helped me arrange a setup where it works well, but I would still like to try some treatment at some point, out of curiousity as much as anything else.
  16. Dozey

    Dozey Air guitar member

    Zero. If it ain't broke...
  17. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    Like your reply - not intelligible.
  18. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    Recording spaces? What those are depends on what is being recorded. I am talking about where the engineers mix the sound that comes from whatever the output is from a large space for ensemble pieces or the various booths in which musicians play their bit of a pop or rock track.
  19. Chops54

    Chops54 pfm Member

    Nowt. I think my other half has been very tolerant over the years. Sticking lumps of foam and stuff all over the place might be pushing things a bit ;) It's not one of those things that's really bothered me tbh.
    Big Tabs likes this.
  20. ryder

    ryder pfm Member

    That's good to know. This suggests that you surely take your hifi very seriously. I would agree with most of the points that you brought up. Similarly I have a thick rug specifically selected to have as much absorption as possible for the audio system. I also have furniture and sofa on both side walls which surely sound a whole lot better than bare walls. I know since I tried.

    I also agree that an L-shaped room is bad for audio. Ironically I lived with one for about 8 years before I moved the whole system to another much larger room which wasn't ideal but sounded better. The one aspect of my system which didn't fall within your ideals is with placement of speakers. I've never had the speakers in the main system firing across the shorter dimension as they are usually on the short wall firing across the length of the room. Circumstances do not permit the speakers to be placed along the longer length of the room. My Harbeth SHL5 and Marten Duke 2 require a clear space of approximately 700mm from the wall behind to sound good, so that pretty much rules out placement on the long wall since the shorter dimension is only 3.2m. Also, I prefer to separate the hifi from the TV mainly for sound quality hence the TV is on the other side of the room.

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