Is your listening room acoustically treated? We asked this question last December but the WordPress plug-in that collated those results contained some questionable code and had to be removed.
In light of this week’s long film about room acoustics, we posed the question again, this time via the poll functionality of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The results are as follows:
YouTube (with a far greater number of votes)…
What’s interesting here is that previous polls have show YouTube results to differ (slightly) from Twitter and Facebook. Not so with room treatments: the 4:1 ratio of ‘no’ to ‘yes’ shakes down the same across all three social networks. The conclusion: approximately 80% of Darko.Audio readers are NOT listening in treated rooms.
And I’m not judging. We all have to work with what we’ve got. With a hardwood floor, solid concrete walls and ceiling plus glass down one side, my room, probably like yours, is not without its challenges.
Change is coming. Portugal’s Vicoustic will soon remake my lounge/listening. The software modelling and installation proposal are already in my inbox. Panel installation is slated for September/October. By the time Autumn leaves have begun falling, my listening room will be acoustically treated and its appearance significantly altered.
UPDATE 23rd Sept 2019: the Vicoustic project has been cancelled.
What can be done if such visually-intrusive wall and ceiling panels are not an option?
The following items each incrementally improved the sound of my room:
- 1) A chunky couch, kept away from the rear wall
- 2) 3 x large floor rugs
- 3) Kallax vinyl racks in each front wall corner
- 4) Basic acoustic wall panels (from Thomann)
- 5) Heavy curtains
- 6) CD storage towers behind the couch
Perhaps one (or more) of these will work for you?