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iplayguitarintheshower

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Living above landlord! Have Carpet but want more protection!
« on: August 20, 2013, 11:25:23 PM »
So I live above a landlord who is a little old lady. Shes sweet but would like to play my music a bit louder without worrying too much if I'll get evicted!

I have vaulted ceilings and wall to wall carpet.

I was planning on putting down a high density rug pad and rug underneath my TV/Speakers in the living room, and bed/desks in the bedroom/office.

Pulling up the carpet is NOT an option.

What materials should I be looking into?

Randy S

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Re: Living above landlord! Have Carpet but want more protection!
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2013, 04:38:07 PM »
to be honest, your not going to get great reductions if you can not go wall to wall and make the necessary seal at the perimeter...sound is going to act like water and go around what ever you put under your speakers...
You can put down some mass loaded vinyl to give you some reduction, but the chances of you cranking it up are going to be slim...that is the problem with doing "band-aid" options..it is to hard to determine any value until you actually do it.

you can try this product in a foot print greater than the speakers, at least a foot or more all the way around.
http://www.supersoundproofingsales.com/Mass-Loaded-Vinyl-48W-w_Closed-Cell-per-foot/productinfo/09-00005CC-54F/

iplayguitarintheshower

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Re: Living above landlord! Have Carpet but want more protection!
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2013, 11:14:41 PM »
So lay something like that down underneath the speakers?

Was thinking of getting some sort of sound deadening material to go underneath a rug and the speakers to go on top of that.

I do have a loft apartment however so i plan on putting the speakers in the loft so its not on the same floor, but i do know sound still travels in the air just as much (esp base)

What else can i do to prevent bass from annoying my landlord?

Randy S

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Re: Living above landlord! Have Carpet but want more protection!
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2013, 11:48:56 PM »
didnt your first post state that pulling up the carpet was not an option?

if you want full value the underlayment must go wall to wall and be sealed air tight.

jhbrandt

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Re: Living above landlord! Have Carpet but want more protection!
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2013, 02:02:54 PM »
If it is bass frequencies, you are probably screwed. ~facepalm~ Sorry!

But you should TRY this:

Ask the landlady if you can check something.. have someone upstairs in your room lift the speaker up off the stand and hold it. See if there is much difference. ( you must disconnect ONE of the speakers )

Have them do this several times with music playing, of course. Pick it up.. set it down.. rinse and repeat.

If you hear a large difference then you should isolate the speaker cabinets from the speaker stands with a soft rubber isolator. Now, it gets trickey. The rubber must compress about 15% to work properly. You'll probably need to cut it down in size until it compresses properly. NOTE: thick rubber is best. Cut 3 blocks per speaker - two in the front and one in back.

If that doesn't work, you'll need to add considerable mass to the floor and as Randy mentioned, you'll need to seal it up very well.

The rubber isolators will solve the 'flanking' sound, but airborne sound is the 'tricksey' (Damn Hobbitses) part and I don't even want to write about it here, because you CAN'T do what needs to be done to fix it. So... I hope the isolators work for you.

Cheers,
John