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post #1 of 10
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SO I am renting a room in a house, and my landlord who lives downstairs is complaining about my music being too loud. It wasn't loud at all, its just that he is paranoid.

Anyways, I have a 10" polk sub and pair of polk bookshelf speakers. What can I do to minimize the sound transmission through out the house?

simple stuff i can think of is like put the sub and speakers on carpets, maybe block the gap underneath my door. I can't really change anything or attach anything to the walls because its not my house. I can tape though. Another crappy thing is that it is hardwood floor, so I guess that just makes the sound worse, maybe a small carpet to everything on there?

any input is greatly appreciated!
post #2 of 10
Yeah like you said, block the gaps, get a carpet and also try to keep the bass levels down.
post #3 of 10
Invest in some headphones?
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I would get a thick area rug and a pad that goes under the rug. Perhaps mounting the sub somewhere not on the floor would help. I'm betting the sub is the main problem. Those low frequency sounds can carry right through walls and floors.

Sometimes neighbors just suck. At my old apartment I hooked my stereo up for the first time while still moving in and turned on some music while I unpacked. Less than 1 minute into the first song I hear somebody pounding on my door as hard as he can. I open the door and a guy says "DUDE TOO LOUD!!!" right in my face and storms off before I can even respond... It was the first of many times my downstairs neighbor complained about me playing music at normal volumes...

I ended up using headphones a lot that year...
    
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post #5 of 10
Definitely a carpet/throw rug with a thick pad underneath the subwoofer, and use floor spikes (to lift the sub off the carpet) and block the gaps under the doors.

If you can tape a little sound proofing foam to the walls of your room...or even egg cartons. (granted, it's not the best look)

Or, invest in a decent set of headphones.
post #6 of 10
you could try buying a bunch of comforters and just line your walls with them. a thick rug would also be best but with all this low sound waves will still travel threw so you might not be able to use the sub.
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OK

so

1. elevate the sub off the floor
2. get thick rugs and put the stuff on top
3. get a pair of headphones

is there any way to line the walls with comforters without punching holes in the wall? dont say rolls of duck tape because I am not going to tape comforters to the wall
post #8 of 10
1. Put carpets and/or rugs everywhere, even on the walls.
2. Get headphones.
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post #9 of 10
you can use the stuff they they line trunks of cars with to stop the vibration of big subs... its called dynamat, might be kidna expensive to cover your whole room, but if you dont really have a budget you can buy this kidna stuff.... http://compare.ebay.com/like/1806349...Types&var=sbar
    
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Chances are he will still complain even after you go through all the effort to try to attenuate the noise. I would just go straight to headphones.
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