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Hey everyone,

I have a bit of a problem I was hoping someone would have some advice on. I need to try to insulate a bit the sound in my room from my sound system to prevent neighbor complaints. You'd be surprised, but my little Audioengine A2s really do have some serious power! Anyway... my landlord is kinda pissed at me right now so to prevent momentary lapses in judgement again, I figured I would do a little bit of work to try and minimize the sound reflection.

Now, my problem is, I don't have really too much furniture in my apartment right now since I moved in. In the living room in the diagram is my computer desk and speaker alignment. The back wall to my back sitting down has nothing there so sound is reflecting off the wall. The point of contention is my neighbor's adjoining bedroom wall. There are no other tenants on this floor as it is a shared attic apartment. I have not confirmed fully yet if my landlord below me can hear it as the only complaints have been from my neighbor on the top floor.

By closing the bedroom door (made of pine wood), it does block out a lot of sound, however it isn't good enough. Her bed happens to be right next to the wall and the low tones wake her up.

What I planned on doing was to get some foam pyramid squares and put it on the wall behind me where the sound reflects to reduce the bounce. Then try and seal the bottom of the bedroom door to lock out as much sound as possible. In addition, I could put foam padding on the back of the door or front of the door for additional sealing.

This is all I have right now as an idea. Like I said, my landlord is pissed off because of a big issue last Saturday night when I was showing off my sound system to a girl in my apartment.... at 1:30am...

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post #2 of 8
If your neighbor is annoyed with it 2 rooms away, I'm pretty sure your landlord can hear/feel it through the floor. I'd ask if your normal usage is noticeable next time you see them.
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The prior complaints I had were from my landlord relaying the complaint from the other neighbor. It was reported they could not hear it. However, I'm not certain with the last incident Saturday. Honestly, we aren't really on speaking terms right now since he was quite angry before. I don't think he wants to see me right now... I do plan on getting a throw rug for the floor which will help with reflection.
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post #4 of 8
A good headset FTW. You could use the egg crate foam rolls. Something like this http://www.amazon.com/2-5-Acoustic-Foam-Crate-SoundProofing/sim/B004QORA4K/2
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I already have a good headset, but I don't like to use it at home since I use it all day at the office.

Anyway, I should specify that if possible, I need to get any products in the EU or more specifically on amazon.de. Shipping from the US would be killer expensive for this stuff.
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post #6 of 8
Like you said, I would go for sound dampening on the wall behind you but also on the bedroom wall. + a rug for your landlord below.
But you said it's a shared attic apartment so the walls are probably very thin.

PS: Well, was she impressed? wink.gif
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Originally Posted by Bloitz View Post

Like you said, I would go for sound dampening on the wall behind you but also on the bedroom wall. + a rug for your landlord below.
But you said it's a shared attic apartment so the walls are probably very thin.

PS: Well, was she impressed? wink.gif

Yes, she was VERY impressed because I showed her stuff on my 2K S-IPS LED display as well.

I'll stack some foam on the wall behind me as a pillar as I am using that wall for a projector/cinema area later on. I figure since my speakers will be rear projection, they will cross and hit the foam and reduce bounce. Should be ok. Any brand suggestions for products?
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I picked up a 3 pack of these. http://gikacoustics.co.uk/product/gik-acoustics-242-acoustic-panel/

Hopefully it will arrive by Saturday so I can do some sound testing.
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