Originally Posted by fotomatt1
Well, I'm about to get started on building my HT system, and I will probably wind up with a Hsu STF-1 Sub. Unfortunately, I live in an apartment building and my downstairs neighbors are VERY unpleasant and sensitive to noise. Is there any material I can put unter the sub to help lessen what they hear downstairs? I don't want to have any trouble with them, but I also don't want to compromise the sound of my HT system because of them either.
I have an HT in my apartment, but I am on the ground floor. I only watch movies in the afternoons and early evenings at higher volumes. If I watch movies after 9pm, I turn OFF the subwoofer and keep the volume at lower than normal levels. I've never had any issues with the neighbors.
I don't like doing it this way, but I have to if I want to avoid a noise ordinance fine from the Police AND avoid annoying the neighbors. It's really too bad that many apartments are poorly built with minimal noise barriers. The only solution in the end is to either rent or buy a single-family house.
It is very frustrating for me though when I want to listen to some music really loud. With movies at least, depending on the movie of course, the bass is less constant. If the subwoofer is loud and deep enough, you can get your neighbors to think it's a thunderstorm moving through!