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Bizarre question - rear speakers behind curtains?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Devil On Your S, Jun 8, 2004.

  1. Devil On Your S

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    Like I said - it's a bizarre question. Is it okay to stick the rear speakers on my windowsill, where the speakers will be behind the curtains the majority of the time? The position is excellent in terms of height for where my sofa is (directly in front of the windowsill). Will I lose too much sound quality and/or be muffled?
     
  2. Ed Selley

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    Without sounding patronising (for that isn't the idea)- how thick are your curtains? The wispy jobs favoured by Mrs Tons wouldn't be much of an impediment but if you have blackout type drapes, they will severely muffle the sound.
     
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    Yes you will lose sound quality.

    Even the very fine fabric used on speaker grilles has an effect on the sound - especially high frequencies. Curtains will certainly have a big (detrimental) effect if the speakers are placed behind them. Won't harm the low end so much as bass frequencies have more energy and will pass through the material.

    Obviously this depends on the thickness of the curtains. Nets would be OK (does anyone still use nets?!?!?!?)

    Why not drape the curtains behind the speakers when in use? (taking care not to crease them of course!)
     
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    what about cutting some speaker sized holes?
    :D :rotfl: :laugh:
     
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    Perhaps you can't hear the difference? :blush:

    In which case you can do what you like with your speakers. :)

    You certainly don't need our permission to put them behind the curtains if that's what you really want to do. :cool:

    We promise not to laugh......honest! :rotfl:

    Nimby
     
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    perhaps you could close the curtains as you normally would and then perhaps use an SPL meter to adjust the volume..?? - I know this won't be ideal, but could be better than nowt..?
     
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    Ditch the curtains and get some blinds. ;)

    No seriously, I used to put one of my rear speakers on the window-sill and the finish faded in just a couple of months through sun-damage. Drawing the curtain (it was only a thin muslin-type sheet) instantly resulted in around 30% reduction in loudness too. Not recommended. :nono:
     
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    Nobber and mike are absolutely correct....high frequencies are attenuated very well by even thin layers of material,and as mentioned above,even the grill cloth of certain speakers can be quite detrimental to the sound.

    If you really are set on doing this(!)by all means give it a try,both with and without the curtains and see if you're happy with the results....an SPL meter won't help you,as it will only give you overall SPL's,and not a frequency response curve.
     

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