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I just got a subwoofer and my roommates room is right next to mine. My computer and the sub woofer is adjacent to his room. I dont want to move it because I would have to rearrange my whole room. So what are some cheap options?

How well do egg cartons work? If I put egg cartons on a SMALL portion of my wall by the subwoofer will it reduce it a bunch?
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post #2 of 12
Move it away from the adjoining wall,
Put it on something like insulating foam(armaflex sheet) to silence the ground effects
or turn the gain down.

Egg cartons will only muffle it so the sound loses definition,and they are better at refracting higher frequencies than low,the muddy noise will still be there.

You know you can get these things that clamp to seats and give the perception of a bass rumble but they dont make any noise,similar in a sense to the vibrating servo's on an xbox 360 pad....
so a sensible cutoff point on your speakers and one of those buttkicker servo's http://www.thebuttkicker.com/
will keep you feeling the music/explosions etc and will keep your neighbour on the right side..
Orrr speak to them and get them on side so if/when it does get too loud they wont get vexed with you.
Edited by MightyMission - 8/14/11 at 3:48pm
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post #3 of 12
MightyMission is one smart guy.
I can tell you, from experience, that these are definitely worth it.
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Originally Posted by GeekFreak View Post
MightyMission is one smart guy.
I can tell you, from experience, that these are definitely worth it.
Ehh I would never get this. I just got a good subwoofer.
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post #5 of 12
isolate it from the wall/floor with some foam or something soft.
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post #6 of 12
Sound proofing is generally really hard to do in any space without some serious capital. You can dampen the sound with foam. Egg Cartons don't do a whole lot but you can get foam with a similar shape that will do a lot more but still adds up in the $. In the end getting your roommate on your side is the best bet or come up with a compromise of time when you are loud and not loud and get some good headphones for the time when you need to be quiet.
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post #7 of 12
trying to stop bass frequencies from going through walls with egg cartons or thin foam is pointless.
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post #8 of 12
If you are working with hollow walls, this project may be doomed. You can try to fill the voids with A/B insulating foam. Like said before egg crates are more for dampening highs, low freq has too much energy and too long of a wave for most cheap solutions to be very effective.
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post #9 of 12
You can't really soundproof against bass frequencies, not without making all your walls a few feet thick.

My housemate's bass amplifier sounds almost exactly the same regardless of where you are in the house, or if you're outside, or even in the garage. And that's through all the walls and insulation and stuff, it just doesn't really dampen audio in that frequency range.
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Originally Posted by mott555 View Post
You can't really soundproof against bass frequencies, not without making all your walls a few feet thick.

My housemate's bass amplifier sounds almost exactly the same regardless of where you are in the house, or if you're outside, or even in the garage. And that's through all the walls and insulation and stuff, it just doesn't really dampen audio in that frequency range.
On the money...

Do you others know how long a bass wave is at say 20Hz !!! I'll tell you... it's 17m or 56 feet !!! This is why it's hard to test subs in an anechoic chamber and some manufacturers use a tower/crane and hoist the sub way up in the air (100') to take measurements.
Edited by HiroPro - 8/26/11 at 5:05pm
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