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New poster here, and I have very limited Home Theater experience.

 

Here's my scenario. We built a new house, and I've got a sort of open living room setup, with no space to hide things like a sub. The only place my wife will let me put it is in the cabinet next to the fireplace. I know this is a no-no, but it's my only option, plain and simple. I know there are some ways to reduce the rattle of the cabinet, but I was wondering if any of you had some tricks you've used to accomplish this sort of thing. I'm sure I'm not the first guy who is stuck with this sort of scenario. Thanks for the help.

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Either than a rubber pad of some sort the sound pressure waves are going to be working against you.. well lets hope they do.

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Here's my scenario. We built a new house, and I've got a sort of open living room setup, with no space to hide things like a sub.
You don't hide subs. You make them do double-duty, as end tables, for instance.
Make a deal with SWMBO: she gets to pick out the speakers when you get to pick out her clothes and shoes. rolleyes.gif
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You don't hide subs. You make them do double-duty, as end tables, for instance.
Make a deal with SWMBO: she gets to pick out the speakers when you get to pick out her clothes and shoes. rolleyes.gif

End tables that rock wink.gif.
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I'm about to do the same thing, and I went to an AV store with very experienced people and described my situation. The best advice they had was to use a front firing sub with cloth screen on the cabinet door. Personally I'm looking at NHT, SVS, Episode for my sub (I'm in the $500-700 range). What are you doing?

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I used the thick felt furniture pads under my subs. One in each corner. Think they are like 1.5" in diameter 1/4" thick. Sub enclosure does not touch built in except through pads. Grills fit snug and have felt pads where they touch built in. Not using the berringer amps any more, have around 4,500 watts to each sub enclosure with a 220v LG14000 clone amp. Still no rattles to this day. Have not been around for some time and noticed my image links were broken. Fixed them in this post for you http://www.avsforum.com/t/1349340/lms-5400-ultra-x2-build#post_20730085
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You don't hide subs. You make them do double-duty, as end tables, for instance.
Make a deal with SWMBO: she gets to pick out the speakers when you get to pick out her clothes and shoes. rolleyes.gif

I second the end table idea. I went and picked up a pre-cut piece of plexiglass for my FV15HP and it cost about 8 dollars. Fits the top of the sub perfectly and now I have another table in the room. Few people know when they come over that the table is actually a sub..... smile.gif

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Awesome sub, but an ugly end table. Not that I care what your end table looks like smile.gif
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Yeah that's a bad angle and crappy iphone picture. It looks much better in person.

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I think my old Outlaw LFM-1 EX pulled off the end table look better.

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I think my old Outlaw LFM-1 EX pulled off the end table look better.

I have a lfm-1 plus. It makes an OK looking end table for a sub with the shiny top and all. I'm sure my wife doesn't agree with my assessment. When I die, I think she'll donate it to purple heart.
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Women! What can you do...........

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New poster here, and I have very limited Home Theater experience.

Here's my scenario. We built a new house, and I've got a sort of open living room setup, with no space to hide things like a sub. The only place my wife will let me put it is in the cabinet next to the fireplace. I know this is a no-no, but it's my only option, plain and simple. I know there are some ways to reduce the rattle of the cabinet, but I was wondering if any of you had some tricks you've used to accomplish this sort of thing. I'm sure I'm not the first guy who is stuck with this sort of scenario. Thanks for the help.

Placing a subwoofer in a cabinet will cause the cabinet and anything placed in the cabinet to rattle.

Would something with a smaller footprint like this..http://www.svsound.com/specials/outlet-specials/SB12-NSD#.UyPKuPldX3Y work?
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Sorry for the long winded post but I wanted to say a few of things.
I had run subs in the locations prior to building my wall unit so I kind of knew what to expect with response. Has everyone here making these statements actually placed a sub in a cabinet/alcove? (I am sure certain posters have) There is a response graph in the link of my previous post. The roll off I get at 20hz is my room. I am telling you, the cabinet does not present any vibration. Well no more than anything else in the rest of the room when playing something like WOW at or near reference. The tall cabinets over the left and right speakers are filled with dvd's and games also. This type of placement can be done and really was not that hard. Is placement ideal? No. Is imaging ideal? No. Is response perfect? No. But the room is no where near ideal. It is an open multi purpose room not a dedicated theater/listening room. The purpose of the wall unit was to clean up the room. Was WAF involved in the decision to construct the unit? Yes. Here comes the Mushy part, I would and will do anything in my power to make my wife happy and feel loved and I can say we will be together until one of us passes on. Not that it means anything but friend of ours who does music/recording has much more expensive equipment than I do has stated many times he prefers the sound of my setup to his for movies and is astounded at how well it does with music. Whatever you do have fun with the system and enjoy it.
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