So long as no monkey wrenches are thrown in during escrow, it looks like I will soon be the owner of a condo. Having lived in apartments for most of my adult life, I am fully aware of the issues playing music loudly can cause with neighbors. With this in mind, I need some advice on what I can do minimize disturbing my neighbors while maximizing volume in my own unit.
My condo is on the second floor, with no one above me, wood floors and someone else living below me. My AV set up will be in the living room, and although the wall of the living room is not shared with a neighbor (the wall where the TV would be hung), the opposite wall (in the dinning area) is. Also, a sliver of then entry (adjacent to the living room wall) is also shared. Here's the url of the floor plan (click on the 2D floor plan):
If you see where the blue rug is, you can make out a TV and stereo system, thats the living room wall. So just to the left of that wall is the entry way, and that wall is shared, and so is the wall at the bottom of the picture, near the dinning room table. To the right of the blue carpet you will see two gaps that represent sliding glass doors.
I've read the room treatment master thread, and it seems like the thread deals more with how to enhance the sound of the HT room, rather dealing with the issue of not disturbing neighbors. So I need tips on how to not annoy my neighbors, while still being able to crank up my music.
Most of the stuff I see online is essentially made for purpose built rooms, my room is still supposed to be a living room and my wife will not be happy if the living room looks like an AV room. So things like hanging acoustic sheets all over the walls is a no go. I need a solution that will allow the room to look normal. I understand that this means I will never achieve perfect results, but I do want to do whatever I can to help my situation.
I considering, for now, something simple like:
- Audimute's Peacemaker 3.2mm Sound Insulation Roll. I am not going to uproot my floors and place this under the wood, but would instead place the insulation below the rug, right underneath the speakers and sub.
- Audimute's Bass Trap placed in the corner behind the sub.
- Audimute's Sonipad Vibration Isolation Platform to place my sub on.
Will this make any kind of impact on how much sound leaves my unit and bleeds into adjacent units? Another question is: are these products just hype? By hype I mean two things: do they actually do what they designed to do? Can I achieve the same results, using much less money and building my own stuff (or finding other, more commonly used stuff)?
Thanks in advance for reading!