- Nov 1, 2012
Definitely, I fully intend to put in some room treatment. Unfortunately, my living room is just not suited for audio, with high vaulted ceilings and an open connection to the atrium, dining room, kitchen, and staircase. The result is more or less an echo chamber with stray reflections everywhere...treating this space would be an absolute nightmare. Once I make some space in bedroom and get everything moved up there, I'll be able to control those reflections a lot more easily with treatment. The plan is to put bass traps in the corners (I've since added a cheap sub for now, Energy S10.3) and absorbers/diffusers at the first reflection points...should be plenty given it's a tiny 11x11 room.
What's the general consensus on constructing panels vs purchasing premade? Treating my room with panels from GIK would run close to $400....would I be able to achieve a similar level of performance going the DIY route?
Are you in the US? If you have money to spare I would contact Acoustic Fields for advice. Guess work is usually catastrophic with acoustic solutions so unless you have a firm knowledge on the subject I would not tackle the project without professional help. The GIK panels are fairly low tech in essence but the main issue is that, GIK or not, you need to know pretty much exactly what to put, where to put and why to put in order to get a good result.
Acoustic Fields offers you a free room analysis and of course they offer you their products should you choose to use them. Acoustic fields offers also DIY instructions if you want to get your hands dirty...