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How to Get the Best Sound in Your Listening Space

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

For people who want more from their music than cheap earphones can offer, home speaker setups are a great solution, letting you get the full power and body of your music, in the comfort of your own home.

However, once you move to open-space listening, your music has much farther to go from the source to your ear and will interact with your space sonically; this is called room acoustics. Smaller, squared spaces often muddy the music, making it less clear and enjoyable. However, there are a few tips for improving the sound of any space.

The first, is positioning. Try not to have your speakers focusing (aiming) their sound into a corner or right against a wall, as this will encourage reflections.

Bass traps are another suggestion, as low-frequency energy is often the most problematic part of small-space listening. These can be made from fiber insulation or foam, and the rule of thumb is to get them into as many corners of your room as you can.

First reflection points are another issue, where the main reflection of sound hits you seconds after the actual music, creating a split-second echo situation. Again, foam or fiberglass absorption at these points on the walls and ceilings can help, as can carpeting on the floor.

With a little work on your room’s acoustics, you can make $400 speakers sound like they cost $4,000, and enjoy the music you love in a way you’ve never heard it before.

You could turn to the various online retail outlets on the block dealing in such products that make the experience of music much better. One such online retailer is The Foam Factory, dealing with foam products such as eggcrate foam, acoustic tiles, decouplers and other such sound treatment products.