Author Topic: Floor soundproofing with carpet  (Read 7010 times)

kathic30

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Floor soundproofing with carpet
« on: February 19, 2007, 07:45:31 PM »
My boyfriend and I live in an apartment and my neighbors downstairs keep complaining about the bass from our speakers. We have taken as much bass as we can out of them and have placed each speaker on a crate to help buffer the sound to their apartment. We have also turned the volume down and nothing seems to stop the complaints. The carpet in our apartment is new and we cannot tear it up. Is there anything I can place under the speakers/on top of the carpet to help eliminate the bass the neighbors downstairs are constantly hearing?

johnbergstromslc

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Re: Floor soundproofing with carpet
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2007, 01:07:43 AM »
Nope.

Since you don't want to go and spend big bucks to do some real soundproofing for someone elses property, you have 3 choices: Turn the stereo WAY down; Do nothing and get evicted; Find another place to live where you can make sociopathic amounts of noise without bothering anybody.

Ian H

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Re: Floor soundproofing with carpet
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2007, 08:02:20 PM »
Nope.

Since you don't want to go and spend big bucks to do some real soundproofing for someone elses property, you have 3 choices: Turn the stereo WAY down; Do nothing and get evicted; Find another place to live where you can make sociopathic amounts of noise without bothering anybody.

I'm new to this site, but after reading about some of the products, it seems there is something you can do.  They sell sound insulation pads to put under speakers that are cheap and easy to install, just put it under the speaker.  A crate, if it's a hard plastic crate, will do a great job of transferring that vibration from the bass right through the flooor so your downstairs neighbors can enjoy it, or not.  Pretty much the opposite of what you want to do.

You want something that will absorb the vibration.  The sound will still be an issue, but there are ways to increase sound reflection in your apartment, like drapes....

johnbergstromslc

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Re: Floor soundproofing with carpet
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2007, 11:08:25 PM »
Well, that sounds like a great idea, doesn't it?  Too bad it won't work.  The amount of bass they're talking about can penetrate right through wood, insulation, drywall, even concrete.  Vibration pads won't make the slightest bit of difference. 

What vibration pads (or any other futile solution they might try) will do is give them a false sense of security.  Knowing human nature, they'll probably go and turn their noise-box up even louder. 

ambrocked

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Re: Floor soundproofing with carpet
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2007, 02:35:37 PM »
Well, that sounds like a great idea, doesn't it?  Too bad it won't work.  The amount of bass they're talking about can penetrate right through wood, insulation, drywall, even concrete.  Vibration pads won't make the slightest bit of difference. 

What vibration pads (or any other futile solution they might try) will do is give them a false sense of security.  Knowing human nature, they'll probably go and turn their noise-box up even louder. 

Wow, somebody's a pessimist (oh wait, let me guess- you're a 'realist')!  How do you know "the amount of bass they're talking about?" She just said they took out all the bass they could, it's not like they're running cannons up there...  Anyway, I think what Ian said makes a lot of sense.  Granted, I'm no soundproofing specialist, but I DO live downstairs from someone with a bass-heavy stereo, and I can say from THAT experience that I'd certainly appreciate anything my upstairs neighbor would be willing to try to help.  Without ever stepping foot in his apartment, I could tell you exactly where his speakers are sitting, because the sound goes straight through the floor. I think I would try stacking a couple of those insulation pads under each speaker and see if it helps.  If not, at least you tried, and you can always return them!

johnbergstromslc

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Re: Floor soundproofing with carpet
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2007, 02:24:07 AM »
I am a realist, and unlike the others on this thread, I know what the hell I'm talking about.  How do I know the amount of bass they mean?  Call it a wild guess. 

The problem is not a lack of a 'magic soundproofing pad' to somehow take away all the noise (it doesn't exist); it's the building itself.  Wood structures suck at isolating low frequency bass and nothing you do, short of rebuilding the space, is going to satisfactorily dampen it.

You seem to think the noise is coming from the vibration of the speaker boxes, directly through the floor and ceiling.  In fact, very little of the noise is propagating in this way.  Since they indicated they had put the speakers on a crate, that in itself will isolate much of the structureborne noise.  They also said they had new carpet, presumably with a high density pad underneath.  Almost zero of the noise is being transferred through the structure.  So you see, they already have an excellent 'vibration pad'.

The problem is, quite frankly, them.  They know they can't (and would be stupid to) put any money into a rental property, trying to soundproof their apartment.  And, as they said, "nothing seems to stop the complaints", so the only feasible solution is to turn the damn thing down.  If they want to continue with their personal hearing-loss campaign, they might want to try headphones.  They can be deaf in no time!   

 

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