home theatre room is near the kitchen or dining room, the cooking sounds and smell can hamper the viewer’s entertainment experience. Find a spare room and use common soundproof- ing methods to insulate its walls and ceilings with materials like acoustic foam and fabric, Rockwool, or mass loaded vinyl (MLV). These materials act as a sound barrier, thereby blocking unwanted sound and enhancing the cinematic experience.
TAME YOUR ROOM’S SOUND
REFLECTIONS The best of microphones, sub-woofers, preamps and fancy monitors will fail to deliver the desired home-theater experience if you overlook the room acoustics. You may not realize but your room can largely impact the sound frequencies. The sound you hear is a mix of direct (straight from speakers) and indirect sound (reflected from the walls, ceil- ings and furniture). Reflected sound can either make the movie dialogues and the music fuller or distort the sound waves, making them sound echoey and harsh. Therefore, it is important to consider your room’s acoustic properties, thereby improving the the- ater’s sound delivery. Good and bad sound reflections can be tamed by absorbing the waves or scatter- ing them. For instance, if your room has plas- tered walls and ceilings and tiled floors, these sur- faces will reflect and propagate sound to people seated behind. In such cases, the easiest way to improve sound quality is to move the seating arrangement farther from the speakers and screen, to the middle of the room. Similarly, a large expanse of glass windows can distort the sound. Installing heavy drapes can help absorb the unwanted sound reflections, thereby enhancing your home-theater experience. Further, consider replacing the standard hollow- core doors with solid wooden ones to reduce the sound transmission.