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I am in the planning phase of a project to finish a 1900 square foot basement (see attachment). After much deliberation, I have decided to carpet all but the bar, under the pool table and bathroom. A significant amount of space is dedicated to an open layout home theater. From a standpoint of carpet and pad, what should I use for the best acoustical results?


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Carpet and pad do have an impact on acoustics, but not all that much, when compared to your walls. If you want to cut down on sounds reflections from the floor, just use a thick carpet, the pad won't really have an impact beyond that. From an acoustical point, you need to address the side reflections, where the sound from your front left/right speakers is bouncing off the side walls towards the listening positions.
 

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In your situation, where you’re planning on dedicating a space to listening and viewing, carpet padding is lower on the list of things that can give you some noticeable acoustical results. Like Warren said above, if you use thick, quality carpeting on top of it, the padding won’t really be adding much, but actual room treatment can make a much bigger difference.


Now if this was an empty apartment or townhouse, with wall-to-wall hardwood floors and neighbors beneath, then yes, padding would have a greater impact. But as your plans stand in a to-be-carpeted basement, I would suggest getting padding that’s comfortable and will help your carpet last longer, rather than padding that purports to be an acoustical super-product.
 
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