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|17th July 2013, 04:33 PM||#1|
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Austin, TX
Acoustic damping to fix terrible speaker placement?
I've got a bit of a speaker placement conundrum on my hands. I have a lovely pair of MTMs, about 22 in. tall and 9 in. wide. The are (of course) intended to be out a ways from all reflective surfaces and off the floor. This is a totally impossible set of reqs. for our current space, and I'm trying to figure out how to fit them in to our tiny living room/TV area. Aesthetically, the best placement is on the hardwood floor, *under* a 16 in. deep shelf that holds the flatscreen TV (think 5 ft. wide, 16 in. deep cabinet with open sides, open front, open back), with a small kegerator (really a modified mini-fridge) forming a hard wall on the left about 1 - 1.5 ft. from the left speaker. To add to the problem, the pre-amp, amp, CD-player, and DVD-player need to sit under the shelf too, so there will be a pile of metallic surfaces between the two speakers, probably a foot or two from each. If I bring them out and up, they will block the view of the flatscreen from some positions, and create an obstruction in the living area. Basically the problem boils down to
(1) sitting on hardwood floor
(2) 2-3 inches out from back wall
(3) solid surface 1 - 1.5 ft. on the left
(4) solid surface immediately above (the 16 in. shelf)
(5) crap in between L and R speaker
Is this a completely impossible scenario? I've got them in there and they sound pretty boomy and a little hollow. Would lining the back, top, and the kegerator wall with acoustic damping material help? Should I put some under the speaker as well, maybe point them a little bit upwards to minimize floor reflections? Or do I need to forget about using these babies and start thinking about a 2-way bookshelf that's shallow enough to sit up next to the TV and designed to be on a wall?
I know measurements would help a lot here, but I still need to finish building my mic and learning how to properly measure speakers. I hope to have some within a couple of weeks.
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