Question concerning Floors

Paul ConnorPaul Connor Posts: 231
edited August 2002 in Speakers
Looking for some feedback from ya'll about carpeting vs. hardwood floors for sound. I just moved my 1.2's into a new house will all hardwood floors. With the move I haven't had time to give them a good listen. Don't know just yet if I will put in carpet or not. Comments? Suggestions?
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  • mantismantis Posts: 15,404
    edited August 2002
    Dude consider at least a throw rug/area rug.Echo's are a problem with hardwood floors.
    Dan
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  • Paul ConnorPaul Connor Posts: 231
    edited August 2002
    Morning Mantis,

    I just put on some old Dylan acoustic and I can hear some echo. I am leaning toward carpet, but these floors look soooo good. May look into an large area rug. Thanks.
  • RuSsMaNRuSsMaN Posts: 17,995
    edited August 2002
    Talk to raife, he has/had hardwoods and BIG sda's.....
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  • gidrahgidrah Posts: 3,031
    edited August 2002
    It looks like we'll be moving.:D The new house has a large living-room with hardwood floors and high ceilings. We will be using area rugs and lots of soft seatings. Other than the possibility of loose boards rattling, is there any other sort of acoustic anomoly that I should be aware of?

    P.S. My Polks wil never leave me, but has anybody heard Magnepans or single drivers in a similar room?
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,673
    edited August 2002
    I've got hardwood floors, 9' ceilings and old plaster walls. I put down a nice antique Persian area rug with a couple of large wing chairs and sofa. You can still see plenty of wood floor with no echo.
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  • mantismantis Posts: 15,404
    edited August 2002
    Controling reflections is the key.From the mid point of your room to the front soundstage,you want it dead as possible.
    Dan
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.
  • trubluluctrubluluc Posts: 2,067
    edited August 2002
    Also have hardwood in the theater.

    Tough to loose that "church echo" without a rug.
    Unless your gal is willing to let you eat peanuts and throw the shells on the floor,
    in which case you should have a sufficient covering in a year or so, sooner if
    you invite us all over and provide adequate refreshments (read beer), shelling peanuts
    is hard work after all.

    Even with the rug, it took some large furniture to really get a good sound, but not all furniture is musical, hold open auditions, and...

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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,673
    edited August 2002
    not all furniture is musical

    so true...so true :p
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,673
    edited August 2002
    On the other hand...all rugs are equal, but some rugs are more equal than others. ;)
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  • trubluluctrubluluc Posts: 2,067
    edited August 2002
    as long as it all adds up.
    "I'm sure it's better than it sounds."

    Mark Twains' response, when asked what he
    thought of Wagners music.
  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,569
    edited August 2002
    Large rooms, hardwood floors and high ceilings don't always equate to troublesome echos. Some recording studios are designed with those features to add a little natural "reverb" to the recorded sound.

    In the room where my 1.2TL's are set up, I have hardwood floors and 10' ceilings, but I don't get as much echo as you might think. The front of the room is three sides of a rectangle. The rear of the room is three sides of a hexagon. Non-parallel walls and rough-textured wall finish help out a lot. If I am standing up in the room or in an adjacent room, I hear a very slight echo. It's sort of like the echo "clings" to the original sound instead of being distinct from it. If I am sitting in front of the speakers I am not aware of an echo.

    Even if you have a room that echos like the Grand Canyon, room treatments can tame it down. But then, with room treatments, the pesky "wife acceptance factor" can come into play.
    :(
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