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Hi all, kinda new here but I have been lurking in the forum for years before I made some audio purchases recently.

Unlike most of folks here, I don't really do much HT and primarily do just music listening at desk in my bedroom. I have recently noticed very glaring reflection issues off the desk and my leather chair and I want to do something about it to alleviate the problem... My desk is a very big one and has a glass panel on top, and together with my leather chair, create very noticeable imaging problems. My speakers have been sitting on the desk but I could feel vibration which I sorta treated with a 1.8 inch thick high school year book placed on the bottom (not very elegant, I know...)

So my question is, is there anything cheap out there to cover the desk with to lessen the early reflection? Would simple fabric from Walmart or table cloth work reasonably well? I am also planning to replace the leather chair with a simple wooden chair (minimal frame) I have at home. Oh, and aesthetics is a non-issue.

Any help is very much appreciated.

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You need a thick and (sound) absorbent pad. I've used cloth, woven place-mats with some success. A desk chair made with a fabric surface instead of leather might work OK and would be more comfortable than a wooden chair. Something like this, perhaps: http://www.staples.com/Office-Star-Fabric-Ergonomic-Armless-Task-Chairs/product_SS1036156

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Hi all, kinda new here but I have been lurking in the forum for years before I made some audio purchases recently.

Unlike most of folks here, I don't really do much HT and primarily do just music listening at desk in my bedroom. I have recently noticed very glaring reflection issues off the desk and my leather chair and I want to do something about it to alleviate the problem... My desk is a very big one and has a glass panel on top, and together with my leather chair, create very noticeable imaging problems. My speakers have been sitting on the desk but I could feel vibration which I sorta treated with a 1.8 inch thick high school year book placed on the bottom (not very elegant, I know...)

So my question is, is there anything cheap out there to cover the desk with to lessen the early reflection? Would simple fabric from Walmart or table cloth work reasonably well? I am also planning to replace the leather chair with a simple wooden chair (minimal frame) I have at home. Oh, and aesthetics is a non-issue.

I had problems with reflections off of the top of a lectern, and solved them with layers of felt from the fabric store. A goodly number of layers, about an inch thick.
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What type of speakers are they? Can they be wall mounted, or raised, like sound engineers use?
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I sometimes use a big doubled up layer of fake fur over my LCD TV screen when I settled in late in the evening listening to a favourite album. A minimal investment from a fabric shop and it really helps to tighten up the soundstage.
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