Originally Posted by ccotenj
i can easily change the bass i get in the bathroom by re-arranging the subs in the theater...
Ah if were only that easy.
In my original post I commented on trying various locations to no avail. I tried the sub/subs near field, in corners along walls, opposite sides of the room, one on top of each other... quite a bit of experimenting with locations and settings prior to creating this post. Ultimately the subs sound amazing where they sit now, but unfortunately changing their location didn't alter the action in the hallway.
My question was not why the bass is so strongly felt and heard in the hallway, just if anyone had a similar situation and was able to effectively seal off a hallway or room with some sort of acoustical paneling (anything but a door).
I should point out that the room is not all straight lines, as one of the interior walls curves inward towards the hallway. Sound funnels into that area, and completely ignores a kitchen area open to the opposite side.
I'm confident that I can either put up a partition (panelfold.com), and/or bass traps in the listening area to reduce the amount of sound funneled into that hallway. Both involve some cost, so I'd rather do one or the other, but I'll do both if I'm not satisfied with the result.
Or I could just embrace that fact that my hallway makes for an awesome bass bin, stack my subs in the hallway to create my own DIY orbit shifter.