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Chapter 9. Getting the Most Out of Your ... > Optimal Home Theater Environments

Optimal Home Theater Environments

Thanks to its shape, size, and furnishings, every home theater room has physical peculiarities that give it a unique layout, look, and feel, all of which contribute to its overall acoustical signature. A square room with carpeted floors, for instance, has a very different effect on the sound emanating from your system than a rectangular room with high ceilings and hardwood floors. A room with square proportions sounds different than a rectangular room, even when using the same equipment. Often, rooms with unconventional shapes and geometry, such as cathedral ceilings and open sides, lead to the best sound. Square rooms have a tendency to reflect sounds, causing unwanted noise from the reflections. Furnishings in the room can also help to minimize the amount of sound reflections.

The type of flooring in your room can also affect the performance of your speakers. Hardwood floors reflect signals much more than carpeted areas and can negatively affect the sound by reflecting sounds and causing unwanted reverberation. If you have carpet, try to use carpet spikes. These spikes help make contact with the concrete slab under the carpet and help to eliminate vibrations. If you have hardwood flooring, these spikes can damage your floor, so be sure to set a solid object, such as a penny, under the spikes.


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