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Minor Sound Proofing?

post #1 of 6
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i live in private apartment house i am on the top floor and my landlord lives below me shes been complaining about my music being too loud and its not even that loud i think the walls in this house are just very thin

 

she hears it right below me and ive gone down there to hear it and its definitly audible

 

i tried to get these and they didnt really make a difference http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002D0B4K/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

i have these speakers http://www.amazon.com/Creative-GigaWorks-Multimedia-BasXPort-Technolgy/dp/B001S14DYO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367265304&sr=8-1&keywords=creative+t40

 

so im basically asking if anyone else has any affordable simple options that might help somewhat i know its not going to completley eliminate the sound but anything to just make a difference would be great

 

any ideas would be greatly appreciated

 

 

post #2 of 6

I had the same problem myself but in a very old apartment building with thin walls.

 

Some options i can think of which have worked are:

 

Rugs with one or more layers of padding you buy separately underneath them.

 

Put a few thick books underneath the Aurelax mopads which has helped me with bass.

 

Get some studio monitors which focus on treble. I just got some Samson MediaOne 3a speakers earlier this month and they are so crystal clear i can listen to them at very low volumes with all the detail of normal volume listening levels minus the bass.

 

Headphones. Since you live in your own apartment getting some open back headphones might be best since they deliever a very nice speaker quality. If your environment is noisey or your easily distracted then some closed back headphones will work best.

 

Best wishes on a happy outcome for all involved.

post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by Hellbishop View Post

Headphones. Since you live in your own apartment getting some open back headphones might be best since they deliever a very nice speaker quality. If your environment is noisey or your easily distracted then some closed back headphones will work best.

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Good headphones are your best bet.

Soundproofing a room is not cheap, and I can't imagine your landlord would be too happy with you putting up acoustic paneling smily_headphones1.gif
post #4 of 6

Headphones with a long cord, turn down the bass on your speakers, get them off the floor..

post #5 of 6

As stated, soundproofing a room isn't cheap, but if you're dedicated, try this stuff: http://www.dynamat.com/

 

Mainly used for car soundproofing to stop road noise, but is also good for many other applications. Might be good to chuck some under your carpets or rugs. 

post #6 of 6

 

What you purchased are for sound dampening, not sound proofing, those are two very different things. Dampening, very generally, anything to make the platform stable for all the components. This primarily refers to speakers, like entry-level speakers with cheap cabinets (small, thin wood or plastic to save construction and shipping cost for the manufacturer), but can also include the other components if applicable, like putting your electronics on a sturdy platform. Also, this includes treating the room so the sound doesn't bounce around. Proofing is the one that refers to isolating the sounds inside and outside of the listening area.

 

You could, as suggested, add Dynamat to the floor (You don't need to use the adhesive back here, just slip and tape them under the carpet rather than make a mess the landlady can complain about later), since the sound transfers through there, but do the math first. Each 1sqm (or so) sheet costs, what, $40? If the cost of sound-proofing that room for a pair of Creative speakers can get you a decent headphone system you really should consider the latter.

 

As an laternative to Dynamat though, try to see if there are any friendly people in the building with small kids, and try to borrow as many of those rubber puzzle floor mats. You might be able to try them out for free, and they can turn out cheaper than Dynamat (heck you could probably get these cheaper at a garage sale). If you can cover the floor of the room where the speakers are, the rubber will absorb the sound and prevent much of it from reaching the floor, same as Dynamat. The only downside I can see to this is if you can't cover them completely with the rug this **** will be butt ugly with all those young mind-stimulating pink, blue and yellow.

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