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Booming Bass Problem!

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Henry, Jan 28, 2005.

  1. Henry

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    I've just set up a hi-fi system in dining room from kit that I had lying around after various upgrades and have a problem with booming bass.

    Kit is Rega Planet CD player, Naim Nait 3 Amp & Dynaudio Audience 40 speakers.

    The room is about 6m by 4m and has a laminate floor on concrete. At the moment, the speakers are on pretty cheap and nasty speaker stands that are pretty light.

    Interested in people's thoughts as to what I should do.

    1: Upgrade to better speaker stands (any thoughts as to which?)
    2: Mass load the speaker stands (if poss)
    3: Some form of isolation under the speaker stands (if so which).

    Obviously the answer may be "D - All of the above" :) But am after the considerable wisdom and expertise of everyone here!

    Haven't really set a budget for this, so am happy to hear any ideas no matter the price range!

    Cheers!
     
  2. Neil Fellows

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    The laminate floor may be something to do with this, due to the sound bouncing all over the place. Maybe a large rug would help matters a little?
     
  3. Henry

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    Already put down a rug and it didn't really help. I think the problem is more to do with the contact between the speaker stand and the floor. At least that's where the booming seems to originate.

    I also stuffed a pair of socks in the back of the speakers and that helped a little with the booming bass but overall the speakers didn't sound as good when I did that.:thumbsdow
     
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    Henry - have you tried the speakers in different locations in you're room or is that not an option?
     
  5. Henry

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    John,

    My options are somewhat limited in this regard due to the layout of the room. But I've tried moving them away from the wall and shifting them into a different location but it doesn't really make any difference.

    Henry
     
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    Ok Henry i would definitly look at getting some better stands and that should isolate the speakers better and hopefully tighten the bass up, the Dynaudio's are excellent speakers so they should work well it's just down to experimenting.
    I would look at something like the Partington Dreadnoughts as an option not the best lookers but very good for standmounts.
     
  7. Henry

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    I'd heard that they were pretty good. I believe that there's a Dreadnought and a Super Dreadnought - any idea as to which would be better and how much they are?
     
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  9. Henry

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    4 weeks delivery. :suicide: Ouch!

    My patience is about one day!:laugh:

    I'll have to wander around and see if any local shops stock 'em!

    Cheers!
     
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    I'm the same... :laugh:

    I would look around you might even be able to get some Ex Dem for alot less.
     
  11. Henry

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    Will do. Any thoughts as to any form of isolation between the stands and the floor?
     
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    Henry i don't know if you can use these on stands but try and have a look at this link for Soundcare superspikes as they are meant for isolation for speakers, if you can't use these maybe try and find an alternative.

    SOUNDCARE

    or have a look at there main website HERE
     
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    One of the best ways to isolate your speakers would be with Auralex MoPads. A quick web search brought several sites up that are selling the MoPads for around £40.

    Mark.
     
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    Cheers guys! I will be on the hunt for some Dreadnoughts during the week and see how I get on with those. Then it'll be onto the MoPads, I reckon! Will post back results!
     
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    Henry - I would definitly have a look at the Auralex Mopads as Mark has pointed out, they work very well and could be what you are looking for... :)
     
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    Henry - you mention boomy bass being the problem...does the bass appear to be louder than the rest of the audio? If so it sounds like a room acoustic problem.
     
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    :smashin: spot on.
     
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    Or, a much cheaper alternative could be a couple of squash balls cut in half. :)
     
  19. Henry

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    I'd certainly agree that the acoustics in the room are almost certainly a factor. I'm having my bathroom done at the moment and for a bit of fun put the speakers on their stands on a stack of floor tiles about 2ft high. It made an enormous difference to the bass. Much tighter and no booming at all.

    Unfortunately the floor tiles have to go into the bathroom. Plus they look pretty silly that high up!
     
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    Try a paving slab under the speaker base from b&q for a perm fix.
     
  21. Harry T2

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    That was my thoughts. Plus but another one on top.
     
  22. Henry

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    Ideally! Unfortunately, it's in my dining room and I can't see me getting away with paving slabs on a brand new laminate floor!:devil: Or one on top either!:laugh:

    Not a :censored: chance! :rolleyes:

    But cheers guys!
     
  23. David_of_Surrey

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    How about a nice piece of black polished granite...would look good too, you could test the paving slab idea when she's out just to see if it works before for you splash out

    Dave
     
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    Good shout. I wouldn't dare put them on top though, I'd stick with underneath. My dinner parties usually involve stupid amounts of booze and someone (probably me!) bumping into the speaker and dropping onto their foot doesn't bear thinking about!:D

    Now, just got to find somewhere near Hull that'd do me two squares of polished granite!
     
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    Henry,

    Hi me again ;) - I have stone slabs under both my floorstanders and my sub.

    I went to my local stonemasons (you know the type of guys who make headstones for graves :eek: ) and asked them if they could make up some polished slabs for me. They were very happy to do so and I got a choice of colour and finish including a nice rubber matting underneath to protect my laminate floor. Can't remember quite how much it cost, but not too bad for the set IIRC.

    I did it mainly to proetct the floor from spikes, but it helped the bass loads ;)

    Check out the following pic for an idea :thumbsup:

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    Cheers

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  26. Henry

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    JJ

    That's really smart indeed. I'll have to get my stands first but I'd definitely get away with something like that!

    Cheers! :smashin:

    Henry
     
  27. Harry T2

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    I know that it wouldn't be satisfactory aesthetically. But it is a cheap solution to determine if it is a solution to your problem.

    If it does improve your bass response, then the cut granite or marble can be used to improve the visual look.
     
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    I've got that many tiles around at the moment that testing it shouldn't be a problem at all! :smashin:
     
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    Wow! Interesting stuff. For a dedicated room, that'd be great. Not sure whether I'd get away with it in the dining room though! :laugh:
     

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