Since we are talking about room treatments and placement, I'll throw out a question.
I am trying my speakers out in a different room (basement). Due to the construction and setup, I'm not getting much bass in two-channel with my speakers. Moving them closer together helped, as well as closer to the wall, but there is only so much I can do. I cannot put them on a different wall so I'm kind of stuck for now. I am going to move my room treatments downstairs, but I'm trying to figure out where they would best be placed.
The room is around 22X12 and the speakers are on the short south wall. The left speaker is about two feet from the side and back wall and the other is two feet from the back wall but has a wide open "play room" next to it (there is no room boundary directly near it besides the back wall). I sit 10-11 feet away and the speakers are around 8 feet apart.
Upon walking down the basement stairs you would be staring at the TV and AV setup (south wall, around 22 feet away from the stairs). There is a bathroom at the end of the long wall behind the seating position (north wall) and a "play room" off to the right of the seating position (west wall). There is no door or wall separating the play room, so it's just another open space about 12X12 or so. Finally the laundry room is immediately off to the right (when looking south) and is a separate room separated by a door next to the stairs.
I have around 7-8 feet of space between the seating position and the wall (and bathroom) behind me. I want to put two panels behind me and two behind the speakers (one behind each), but don't know how to handle the first reflection points due to the right speaker having an open space next to it.
My SPL meter is wigging out and didn't seem to survive the move (in a dead quiet room it thinks it's 64dB)...I can't take measurements right now until I buy some new toys (or get them for Christmas
). What do you guys recommend?
I'm looking for room treatment placement suggestions and a suggestion to improve bass response without having to move the speakers to a different wall (which isn't possible). Please don't answer, "Buy a subwoofer." Trust me, it's the next toy I get (I shouldn't have sold my previous unit...).