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post #1 of 3 Old 04-04-2015, 11:18 AM - Thread Starter
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Theater room size limitation

I have moved and the space I have to work with in the basement is limited (probably 15 by 15 with 8 foot ceilings at the most). The equipment I have (had) running in the last room (which was 22 x 12) sounded ok. Will running the same equipment in the smaller room improve or degrade the acoustics?

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post #2 of 3 Old 04-05-2015, 08:47 AM
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I have moved and the space I have to work with in the basement is limited (probably 15 by 15 with 8 foot ceilings at the most). The equipment I have (had) running in the last room (which was 22 x 12) sounded ok. Will running the same equipment in the smaller room improve or degrade the acoustics?
I'm not expert on this, so take what I say with a grain of salt, but your equipment just produces sound. There's no reason your equipment would work well in one room and not another. I guess if the room was really big and your amp didn't have enough power, but in your case you're going to a smaller room. Acoustics are really about the physical properties of the room itself not the sound equipment. I forget the size, but it's something like rooms that are under 22ft (?) are considered small rooms. Smaller rooms have extra challenges with sound, because of the short travel distance between reflective surfaces. Square rooms are another variable that are best to avoid if possible.

With that being said, you have to work with the space you have. It's not like you're not going to set your equipment up just because it's not ideal lots of people have small rooms in a house setting. You can also do sound treatments to the room to fix any acoustic issues. If nothing else add some sound treatment at the first reflection points between you and the speakers. Honestly, the Audio > Audio Theory, setup and chat forum might be better at advising you on this. At least that's were I'd start.
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Since no one else posted yet, I'll add that your 15x15x8 dimensions will cause some sound problems, because they're multiples. But there are a lot more factors. I'm sure someone with more knowledge will chime in.
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