Author Topic: Living Room Soundproofing / Sound Travel  (Read 1129 times)

lightthief

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Living Room Soundproofing / Sound Travel
« on: October 03, 2014, 07:50:57 PM »
So I live on the second floor of an apartment building.
I have two issues I'm looking for advice on.

1. I have a mighty Home Theater system. Especially the subwoofer.
Right now I try and keep it turned down pretty low but the thump of the sub woofer generally travels pretty well to the apartment below.
I'd love it if there was a way to minimize me annoying them while managing to keep things sounding decent on my end.
I can make a lot of modifications to my place and am willing to put in money but the one thing I can't do is cover the entire floor, it's hardwood and the living room also flows into the dining room.

2. The stairwell in front my apartment door carries sound really well both from my apartment and up to it from below. The door itself is fairly flimsy. Is there a way to seal the door or would replacing the door entirely help the most?
Is there a way just to keep the sound from bouncing around the stairwell so much? Such as sound deadening panels I could put on the walls?

There is also from noise travel from inside their apartment but if I could make a dent in the amount the noise passing through the stairwell and from my stereo it would be a good start.
Any advice is appreciated.

Any advice

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Re: Living Room Soundproofing / Sound Travel
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2014, 03:11:30 PM »
Ok for starters, since you can not cover the entire floor this will be a " Band-aid" job.
Use this material under your subwoofer and get it out from any corner by 2' or more.
http://www.supersoundproofingsales.com/Mass-Loaded-Vinyl-48W-w_Closed-Cell-per-foot/productinfo/09-00005CC-54F/

As for the door, here is the link to fixing doors, you need to have the heaviest door possible and sealed air tight.
http://www.soundproofing.org/infopages/soundproofing_doors.htm

For the stairwell, you are correct by using panels to absorb sound amplifying up that stairwell.
http://www.supersoundproofingsales.com/Fireflex-FabTec-2-24-x-48-6pcs-Box/productinfo/09-60002-F/

anything more then these steps would require review in order to determine cost vs reduction value.

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lightthief

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Re: Living Room Soundproofing / Sound Travel
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2014, 03:59:17 PM »
Thanks for the great info.

 

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