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My girlfriend and I are currently on the hunt for some new digs. In what ever house we choose I know that the placement of my theater room will be debated. Currently my set up is on my first floor in my 4000+ cubic ft kitchen/living room and my SVS PC12 + does a fine job of producing room shaking bass when I watch movies, at times i can actually feel the couch and coffee table vibrate. My concern is that if I put my setup in a basement in our next house, with a concrete floor, i'll lose that feeling of the room resonating, even though having it in a smaller room will make it easier for the sub to pressurize the room. I know a lot of guys put their theater rooms in the basements. Have any of you guys ever had negative effects when moving your gear from a first or second floor to a basement. I really don't want to buy a shaker or another sub, and I'm not worried about my speakers themselves (Polk Tsi300's, CS10, monitor30's) I'd rather use those funds on a new TV in the new pad. Any input from you fellas would be great.

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Sorry to say you will definitely lose that shaking sensation, and if you are moving the sub into a bigger room, you may lose some headroom at your listening position too.
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The new room won't be bigger, it will actually be about 500+cu.ft. smaller. If i build the floor up off the cement (ie. essentially built a floor as you would with 2x4's and plywood and put in on the cement) would I gain any of that back?

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Yes a floating floor in a basement can give you the tactile feeling.

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Thanks guys, you affirmed my hopes and fears. Do you know of any particular floor materials that enhance or detract from that floor shaking feeling?

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