Cheap sound absorbers, what have you tried?

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  1. manu et deo

    manu et deo I'm loving it! Subscriber

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    I found out if I put a throw pillow behind my head, it helps to control those pesky rear wall reflections and is in no way permanent. Any body else tried something silly or simple that just worked?
     
  2. loach71

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    Roxul RockBoard 60 makes very cheap and efficient sound absorbers. This product doesn't cause skin irritation like fiberglass. You can cut it to size with a bread knife and a steel ruler.
     
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  3. djnagle

    djnagle Lunatic Member

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    Did you know that cubicle divider walls are made of sound absorption material. That is one of the selling points. Keep you eye on CL for cubicles and dividers. A couple years ago I found 15 of them for free. I gave a lot of them away to my audio friends.

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  4. audioman69

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    Wine corks wall
    Fiberglass 2x2 panel w/ cotton fabric
     
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  5. Bob in WI

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    An area rug hanging behind the listener makes a huge difference. Works best if its not right against the wall.
     
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  7. audioman69

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    Hehe usually I get them in restaurants, friends, excursion boats where they do parties here on the beach. Etc. They are many and I have to put more.
     
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  9. savatage1973

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    Area rugs hung as "tapestries" are great for reducing reflections and can be "aesthetically acceptable" if WAF is a big deal. I live alone, but use them because I don't like the "studio waffle" sound absorption panels (the dog doesn't care either way) :)
     
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  10. Old Guy8

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    I've stacked extra couch pillows in room corners, as bass traps. Not sure if makes audible diff.
     
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  11. soundmig

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    Glenn Pheonix of Westlake Audio simply gets fiberglass insulation from the big box store and stacks it in the corners until the room measures out considerably better. Use the non-itchy stuff of course. This is a very inexpensive (and not terribly attractive) way to deal with bass build-up in the corners. You can also hang it from the ceiling between your speakers and the side wall (such that it will kill 1st reflections - use a mirror to align)and that is amazing in what it does for imaging and soundstage. These are inexpensive ways to treat your room (use the least effective amount possible so as to not deaden the room), but the are very low on the WAF scale. Glenn has been involved in some of the best studios ever built, so I think he knows what he is doing. Anyway, his demo rooms always sound very good and he doesn't use a bunch of really pricey acoustic treatments.
     
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  12. Poinzy

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    You discovered a simple solution to your problem that doesn't cost anything. Congratulations. There'll be no more subscription offers from The Absolute Sound, though.
     
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  13. Jflijohn

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    I'm in a 20' x 20' garage. Speakers point towards a metal roll-up garage door on the opposite side. I'm planning on hanging thick moving blankets over the door
     
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    If you can hang those blankets about a foot from the door (allowing an airspace) and they will be even more effective.
     
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  15. botrytis

    botrytis Trying not to be a Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

    Man - fiberfill body pillows for the corners of the room. I mean 9 bucks each. works well.
     
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  16. roadie1

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    What are we aiming for? Is the idea here to deaden the music? I know this is a really dumb question but I never have understood room treatment.
    R1
     
  17. biscuithead

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    Yep...to deaden the music. Put the pillows and rugs and blankets and egg-crate foam right over the speakers... stack them high and deep. Makes the music sound far away.






    Sorry:angel:


    no

    It is more to deaden the room.


    https://ehomerecordingstudio.com/acoustic-treatment-101/
    https://www.acousticfields.com/sound-treatment-vs-sound-proofing/
    https://www.soundonsound.com/sound-advice/beginners-guide-acoustic-treatment
     
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  18. djnagle

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    i second that because I've heard Dave's room.
     
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    A giant Thanks!......
     

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