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The audiophile's room - what to remember?

People who like music know perfectly well how important it is to place the playing equipment in a given room. Just like home cinema fans, for whom every aspect of such an experience counts. Therefore, if only such people have the opportunity, they try to ensure the correct proportions of the interior from an acoustic angle.

An example to follow is of course the Pantheon, where you can hear everyone, even the smallest whisper, or oval music rooms from the past. In today's interiors, however, it is not easy to achieve perfect acoustics. Interiors with parallel walls of cubic character make that as a result of interference, sometimes standing waves occur. This is manifested, among other things, by the rather unpleasant amplification of sound in some parts of the room, which is unpleasant for our ear. Various forms on ceilings are useful in this situation, which disrupt the parallelism and thus allow the waves to break up.

Audiophile room - proportions!

A number of experiments have been carried out, which allowed the acoustics to determine the most favourable proportions of the room, of course in terms of its acoustics. Therefore, the best are the interiors with dimensions 1:1,14:1,39 or 1:1,28:1,54 or 1:1,60:2,33. 1 in this situation corresponds to the height of the room.

It is most difficult to create good acoustic conditions in square, narrow and long interiors, but also very popular nowadays single space interiors are problematic. If, for example, the living room is connected to a staircase, we can be sure that the sound waves will spread all over the house, so listening to music or watching a movie will not be as pleasant as it should be.

Audiophile room - acoustic panels

Unfortunately, we cannot always decide about the shape of a given room, or about the materials used to create partitions in it. Nevertheless, we can still slightly improve the acoustics of such an interior, e.g. by silencing its walls. We can do this, for example, with acoustic screens, but also with acoustic panels or sound-absorbing mats.

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Building an acoustic screen

How to make insulation in an uncomplicated way? It is best to build an acoustic screen, which will be filled with mineral wool and then finished with plasterboards. First of all, the skeleton should be fixed to the wall, remembering to use acoustic tapes or felt pads in the places where it connects with the wall, floor and ceiling, so that no vibrations will be transmitted to the structure. Then, between the skeleton we put the boards in wool. Usually a 5 cm layer of wool is enough for a good soundproofing, but if you move the screen away from the wall, the result may be even more satisfactory.

How to finish the room

Interior design can also have a significant impact on acoustics, so it is worth thinking about it already at the stage of deciding how they will be finished. It may even be important what kind of material we cover the walls with, because the sound is dissipated in a different way and absorbed by the gypsum smoothness, fabric or kilim. Unfortunately, good sound quality cannot usually be achieved in rooms with a lot of glass surfaces because they reflect waves and resonate, which interferes with music.

The acoustics can be improved by mobile elements that absorb and dissipate sounds.