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B00nie

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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...
 

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I have a larger listening area with an L shaped kitchen on one side. Listening area has a high ceiling with glass also and a lower ceiling.
Behind the wood in ceilings had insulation installed a while back. It made a huge difference to the room acoustics. I wasn't expecting a single thing at the time (didn't cross my mind to be frank!) and was astounded turning on the system after the workers had finished.
Much more depth, more resolution in high end and everything had improved in spacing and clarity remarkably. It was almost like a new system!

Will be looking further into this if I end up going to 800Ds or Nautilus and more monoblocks eventually, would love to DIY room solution. But first A/B the new and old system. A blind test would be amazing actually - can you actually hear your new investment or not!? Then with proper room treatment.

And again, as B00nie said (this seems to be a common occurence in audio threads)... its more the knowledge that's needed than the products. I have a friend who is a professional who does that as a job and have had some very interesting chats. There are many ways to solve and reduce issues in buildings discreetly without going 'recording studio' traps..

That said, don't be discouraged to build your own traps and experiment with placement. But it's best to know what you're working with and measure it.
 

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All that cool gear and a tiny screen? WTF?
That was my old 27" 120hz Samsung. I'm now on a 144hz 34" 1ms Ultrawide :)

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For gaming and music:

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GTX 1080 HDMI -> Denon AVR-3806
Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty (rarely-used) analog -> Denon AVR-3806
Klipsch R-26F front
Klipsch R-25C center
Dayton Audio B652-AIR surounds (had to mount rears to a goofy rigging since rear wall is too far back)
Dayton Audio SUB-120 subwoofer
Logitech G633 headphones for comparing headphones to surround speakers
 

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A hint: The foam absorbers you have on the wall are too thin, they will absorb only highest frequencies. Sometimes this will make the sound muddy instead of improving it. Although your amounts are small. If you really want to improve the room it needs heavier and thicker materials.
 

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A hint: The foam absorbers you have on the wall are too thin, they will absorb only highest frequencies. Sometimes this will make the sound muddy instead of improving it. Although your amounts are small. If you really want to improve the room it needs heavier and thicker materials.
Yeah, I'm aware that the foam isn't optimal (it was free!), but the diference was noticeable. I made those panels three years ago out of shipping materials (foam glued to cardboard backing), I couldn't find inexpensive sound dampening foam at the time, but it seems like reasonably-priced 2"-thick panels have popped up around the internet since then; I'll eventually upgrade, maybe when I make some furniture changes. I'd like to replace the carpet with solid flooring, but then I'd really need to get serious about dampening and those corner foam pieces are ridiculous $$$.
 

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Yeah, I'm aware that the foam isn't optimal (it was free!), but the diference was noticeable. I made those panels three years ago out of shipping materials (foam glued to cardboard backing), I couldn't find inexpensive sound dampening foam at the time, but it seems like reasonably-priced 2"-thick panels have popped up around the internet since then; I'll eventually upgrade, maybe when I make some furniture changes. I'd like to replace the carpet with solid flooring, but then I'd really need to get serious about dampening and those corner foam pieces are ridiculous $$$.
You can make corner absorbers from regular building insulation wool. Won't be 100% as effective as proper foam but still works and costs a fraction of the cost of foam.
 
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Swapped my IsoAcoustics stands, 2 posts above, with a pair of K&M stands. I wanted to wall mount my speakers, but couldn't find anything that looked strong/solid enough to hold them securely. These K&Ms work very well and I daresay my LS50s seem to sound better. (y)

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LS50s, Parasound IA with internal crossover, SVS 12" sealed sub.

I took down the Monolith THX Headphone amp because the Parasound does such a good job.
 

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Swapped my IsoAcoustics stands, 2 posts above, with a pair of K&M stands. I wanted to wall mount my speakers, but couldn't find anything that looked strong/solid enough to hold them securely. These K&Ms work very well and I daresay my LS50s seem to sound better. (y)

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Those speakers are really close. Do you get a good soundstage? I have mine 6' apart and 3' away from my sitting position. I know. You are in a corner. I have an entire room with my desk in the middle. Bit easier that way.
 

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Those speakers are really close. Do you get a good soundstage? I have mine 6' apart and 3' away from my sitting position. I know. You are in a corner. I have an entire room with my desk in the middle. Bit easier that way.
My set up is a bit unconventional, but it works. The speakers are about 3.5 feet apart. LS50s (wireless and passive) do very well in nearfield. I'm looking for a different desk that could give me more room to add a second monitor. Ideally, I'd like a little more space between the speakers, too.
 

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My laptop audio: Kanto YU4 + Schiit Fulla 3. Obviously, not the best positioning, but best I can do until I find a bigger desk.

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Don't like the DAC included in the YU4's? Z seemed to like Kanto's DACs, so I haven't bothered switching off the USB input for my YU2 set.
 

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Don't like the DAC included in the YU4's? Z seemed to like Kanto's DACs, so I haven't bothered switching off the USB input for my YU2 set.
I'd like to use the YU4's dac, but don't have an optical port on my laptop. The YU4 doesn't have USB, so it's RCA, Aux or Bluetooth. I got an RCA Y-splitter cable and have it connected to the Fulla 3 which runs USB into the laptop.
 
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Sure, i'll share some. I have 3 setups - and before you comment, I do recognize that I have a problem :D and I am unashamed.

In all seriousness, I review AV equipment, so I have multiple systems as a reference point also.

Home Theater setup:
Dolby Atmos 7.2.4 System
Legacy Audio Focus SE Left & Right Channels
Legacy Audio Marquis HD Center Channel
Legacy Audio Silhouette PRO L&R Surrounds
Legacy Audio Phantom HD Rear Surrounds
KEF CI200RR Atmos Overheads (x4)
Seaton Sound SubMersive HP+ and F2+ Subwoofers (4000W per sub)
Anthem AVM-60 Preamp/Processor
Oppo UDP-203 UHD Blu-ray player
D-Sonic M3a-6100-7 Class D Amplifier (1500W for L,C,R, 400W for surrounds and rears)
D-Sonic M3a-2000-5 Class D Amplifier (Atmos Channels)
Sony VPL-VW675ES 4K Projector
110" Monoprice 1.0 gain screen
Fractal Design Node202 based HTPC running Kodi & Roon
MSR & GIK Acoustic Treatments

Here's a shot of the front channels/screen (with image from a dark room pasted on):
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Here's a shot with the lights off:
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Here's my projector on a ghetto rigged tile shelf - since I didn't want to build a hushbox given how often I swap gear. You can see the Phantom HD rear surrounds and one of the Atmos channels, as well as the top of my 2nd sub in this shot:
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Living Room Setup:
Pure Audio Project Trio 15 TB Open Baffle Speakers
Anthem MCA225 Amplifier
Raspberry Pi4 w/ Pi2AES feeding Soekris DAC1541 DAC (Roon Endpoint)
SurgeX XR-315
Oppo UDP-205 Disc Player
LG OLED65E7
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Office Setup:
XTZ 99.26mkII Speakers
Dual SVS SB2000 Subwoofers
MiniDSP DDRC-2x4 (Dirac Live) for Room Correction/Sub Integration
Schiit Modius DAC
SoTM sMS-200 USB Network Streamer (Roon Endpoint)
Schiit Freya S Pre-Amp
D-Sonic M3a-3000S Amplifier

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This is the most I've ever spent on headphones, almost $300 with Apple Care and Tax,

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Pure Audio Project Trio 15 TB Open Baffle Speakers

I would love to hear those. They sure look like my kind of speakers. I have always wanted some open baffles. May have to build some soon.
 

SineDave

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Pure Audio Project Trio 15 TB Open Baffle Speakers

I would love to hear those. They sure look like my kind of speakers. I have always wanted some open baffles. May have to build some soon.
They're very good for the money - especially in smaller rooms where they can reproduce bass as they are capable of. You can also look at other DIY OB speakers that are quite good. Here is a design i'm really fond of:

http://gr-research.com/nx-otica.aspx
 

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Gym: Fearless S8F Pro + TRN BT20RS + LG G8 with AptX HD

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Travel: Campfire Audio Andromeda (OG Green) + Fiio M11 Pro

Sold/traded full size setup since I never was at my desk...then COVID kept me at my desk a bunch! Oh well, Andromeda are dreamy.
 

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a little late night city pop with my MDR-V6's (removable cable modded) and a Yamaha CX-630 and a chromecast audio
 

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