Originally Posted by amirm
Clapping your hands is not a proper test. Your speakers are not 3 feet from your ear
. Have someone else clap where the speakers are and sit where you normally sit and see if it is still there. If it is, yes, your room is too live and while it would sound good with some content, hearing dialog in movies and such would be harder, etc.
The solution is to put more objects in the room that woudl either scatter or absorb the sound. They do not need to be in conflict with your wife. Just give her some money to buy a throw rug if your floor is bare (and thick padding under it), bookshelves, sofas, curtains, etc. They all help. Here is a nice example of how much from Dr. Toole's book where it shows what happens to "RT60 time" (fancy term/measurement for the "echo" you are hearing) as you add furnishing. As you see, they all help to reduce the reverberation time:
I can't believe I missed your post! So... I did try clapping at the walls and honestly, ALL OF THEM were bouncing sound back, so I just gave up.
Now that I read your post though...
So my floor is carpeted, I have two sofas and the walls right behind the couch have a very large frame of a ton of pictures my wife has throw in there from over the years. Then the rest of the walls have for the most part something on it, but mostly frames.
Would you suggest adding another rug on top of the carpet? I have that very short flat carpet type and then maybe throwing up a bunch of frames instead of just one behind the couch? I've also got a couple of bookcases with games, books, and DVDs. Then 3 ottoman's throw about the room. Then the entrance to the room is two very large doors that I put there to close the room off. Before it was wide open to the entrance to the house. The doors are from floor to ceiling and around 42in wide each... I guess I could try something up on the doors too for breaking up reflections.
I'll post some pics of the room later today to give you guys a better idea... my sub comes in tomororw and I'm reading and looking into EVERYTHING sound related for my room right now. Can't wait!!!