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Hey guys, My Home theater bedroom is 15'x10' and all is well, except for the fact that my subwoofer sends a tremendous amount of vibrations through the walls so it can be heard in other rooms besides my own. This a problem for me since I am then forced by my parents to turn the volume down so they do not have to hear the sub. Is there anything I can do to dampen the vibrations. I have researched the Subdude as well as acoustic foam but with the abundance of sound absorbtion info out there I got confused and am unsure if any of that stuff will aid my problem. The speaker noise is fine since my room is well insulated its just my sub ( which i personally think is awesome, just not my parents LOL). Anyway my sub is a klipsch synergy 10 subwoofer which is complimented by klipsch quintet 3 speakers and a harmon kardon 247 reciever. Any help or advice would greatly be appreciated.
 

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Unfortunately, this is mostly airborn noise, and isolating the sub won't help that. Ordinary walls conduct a lot of subwoofer bass because of their light construction. There's no cheap solution to this, because the walls would need major structural stuff done to them. Foam and the like doo not help this problem at all.


Some very few solutions short of building/retrofitting the walls:


Move your sub very close to you so that you can keep its volume low, but still hear it well.


Use a bass shaker, which while not ideal acoustically, might give you a stronger sense of bass with the sub turned down.


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Terry
 

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alright thank you for your quick response i will look into that bass shaker, and guess i can always try to convince my parents that i need to reconstruct the walls. LOL
 

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You could always tell your parents that they should be thankful that you are in your bedroom with the sub turned on rather than being 1)out with friends doing drugs, 2) operating a meth lab at a friends house or 3) getting your girlfriend pregnant.
 

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LOL BIG I already tried that but they say that they do not want me to act like my room is my apartment which it kinda is. Anyway this sub thing is annoying me because i cant truly enjoy my home theater with my mom barging in on every movie telling me to turn it down, due to the sub vibrating the whole house.
 

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LOL BIG I already tried that but they say that they do not want me to act like my room is my apartment which it kinda is.


I am guessing but they must be ready for you to move out and fly away. How old are you?
 

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LOL BIG I already tried that but they say that they do not want me to act like my room is my apartment which it kinda is. Anyway this sub thing is annoying me because i cant truly enjoy my home theater with my mom barging in on every movie telling me to turn it down, due to the sub vibrating the whole house.


I hate to break it to you - but most college dorms and apartments have the same thin walls problem....and it only gets worse with other versions of you saying if you will not turn it down - they will just turn theirs up!


You think you will finally be free when you get your own house - but that usually comes with a wife that says....get ready for this.....TURN IT DOWN!
 

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Well, I am 19 and going to college for a computer engineering degree. I dont plan on getting married anytime soon, and i cant afford to move out so i am doing the best i can with what i have. Just trying to make the household a bit more peaceful. Would a audio and video calibration make my system good where i can keep the volume low and still enjoy the surround sound. Because right now if i turn the volume any lower than the default 25 db i find it difficult to hear the rears as well as the center channel.
 

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Or invest in good headphones.
 

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If you are turning it down - crank up the bass treble controls - or get one with the loudness switch or the new Dolby Loudness. Turning it down makes bass/treble seem less loud than mids - because of the way human hearing is. So adjust it for the lower level so that it sounds as balanced - yet the landlords don't complain. It just will not be pants flapping - but that is what those buttkickers are for. And of course balance your channels at your listening level - you only need AVIAII and a SPL meeter - should cost less than a video game if you shop around. From there you can upgrade to the freeware PC measurement programs.


Properly calibrated though even at reference level - you should think the sub and surrounds are not on - until you turn them off. If the subs/surrounds are too loud - then they overpower the soundstage of the movie.


Maybe you can convince mom and dad remodeling your room is to their benefit because then it can be their HT room when you are gone!
 
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