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i live in a condo with sound proofing problems and i'm trying to move the sound as far away from the wall my tv is on as possible.

i was wondering if it would work to get high quality 2.1 front speakers and place them directly on the left and right side of the sofa pointing towards the listeners, or if this would sound weird somehow?

thanks for any advice you can offer
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Weird, no doubt. How about swapping the sofa with the TV and keeping the speakers with the TV?

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it wouldn't really help unfortunately, the layout in the condo is an open loft (half walls everywhere) and all the walls adjacent to his unit have defective soundproofing, its like paper (you can hear coughing through it), i wanted to put speakers on either side of the sofa so they would be close enough to lower the volume while being able to listen to a movie well

i'm sound proofing one of the walls but im not really counting on it helping all that much, the other walls have too weird of an arrangement to soundproof and i cant really afford to do it

my only other option would be to move the speakers directly in front of the sofa in the middle of the room which would be bizarre looking... i also considered putting a soundbar on the ceiling above the sofa pointing down but that would probably be odd as well?
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haha, unfortunately those dont work for visitors
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the idea just occured to me of putting a soundbar on the floor, say 2 feet in front of the sofa, pointing up towards where everyone sitting.

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why not just put the speakers with long wires that you can pull into the middle of the room when you want to sit down and listen? at least then you would have some chance of maintaining a decent centered image.
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Originally Posted by hyperbolian View Post

i live in a condo with sound proofing problems and i'm trying to move the sound as far away from the wall my tv is on as possible.

i was wondering if it would work to get high quality 2.1 front speakers and place them directly on the left and right side of the sofa pointing towards the listeners, or if this would sound weird somehow?

thanks for any advice you can offer

For typical speakers in typical rooms, the sound level cant drop more than 3dB once you get beyond 2-4' from the speakers. Practically speaking that's not significant.

If you own the condo, reduce your sound transmission problems. While not cheap it'll be a lot less expensive than what you'll spend to move some place without problems if you do the work yourself. Simple things can cause problems, like the drywall guys jacking the drywall up to make a nice seam at the ceiling and leaving a hole at the bottom which gets covered by baseboard. A 1/16" crack at the bottom can increase sound transmission 10dB.

If not, isolation platforms under the sub and speakers (could be a piece of wood on carpet instead of spikes) to reduce structure borne vibrations, dynamic compression (aka midnight mode), and keeping the sub woofer cross-over but turning off the sub will help.

Talk to your neighbors. Find out what the actual laws are about sounds penetrating into other units. Most towns have actual SPL limits at the property line and/or in other units.

Find out when the unit was built and what building codes were in effect at that time. Modern building codes specify allowable sound transmission (ex, party walls designed for STC50, actual measured STC of 45 permissible). If the statutes of limitations haven't expired you might talk to your HOA about suing the builder (I owned a property in a complex where they sued and got a few million dollars in work done to fix drainage problems).
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haha, unfortunately those dont work for visitors

You can buy multiple sets of wireless head phones. Use one transmitter and set all the headsets to its frequency.

I think we paid about $50 for our set from Jensen. Even half a dozen sets are going to be inconsequential compared to what you spend to actually fix the problems.
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