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post #11 of 20 Old 03-10-15, 02:01 PM
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Re: Do I even need bass traps at all?

Okay, from what I can see your bass is fine. Not much you can do below 50hz. And you only other problem is just above 200 hz.

I do see that you have Zero treatment on you walls. Your room is reflecting your speakers all over the place. I would spend some time and money on some basic room treatment (not bass traps).

I included and impulse graph of an SVS speaker in a treated room (red) so you can see how it compares to yours (yellow). You will get some fantastic imaging if you add some treatment and your bass will sound more full with a lot less treble flying around the room. I would also guess that your speakers or LP is very close to the wall.
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Re: Do I even need bass traps at all?

Thank you! Especially for providing some insight.

Yes my room is non treated right now. I do have many more panels and can make any amount of treatment absorption wise needed. My plan was to attack the primary reflection points first with absorption panels and then a few corner traps in my cathedral peaks, two panels above the listnening position and then build some 2D diffusers to place at all other various places around.

The red graph really puts things into perspective on what I'm aiming to shoot for.

So your thinking that with the room treatment alot of the 200-600hz region will improve?

I've put my room together in two months and still working on remodeling my kitchen and painting my inside of the entire home. I got the room functional first and now been concentrating on the painting stuff. I will finish all of that next week and the following weekend I'll be painting my theater walls and hopefully have my screen come in by then too.

Once my walls are painted and screen is up then I'll start doing my absorption/diffusion panels. Wanted to get a decent baseline first so I can track my progress.

...seriously the red graph helps alot.

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Re: Do I even need bass traps at all?

The graph he showed was for impulse response - trying to address stronger reflections within a specific timeframe of the original signal. That won't necessarily help frequency response though with thick enough panels some of the aberrations can be helped at the same time in the reflection zone.

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The graph he showed was for impulse response - trying to address stronger reflections within a specific timeframe of the original signal. That won't necessarily help frequency response though with thick enough panels some of the aberrations can be helped at the same time in the reflection zone.
So then I'm left with speaker placement for my only other alternative to remove those very bad nulls.

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The graph he showed was for impulse response - trying to address stronger reflections within a specific timeframe of the original signal. That won't necessarily help frequency response though with thick enough panels some of the aberrations can be helped at the same time in the reflection zone.
^ CORRECT

People focus too much on frequency response. Having a tool like REW will help you in all aspects of your room. The biggest upgrade you can do to your system is setup and your room.

Your setup is the best you can do with WAF so you need to work on the room. Bass traps should be low on your list as you have a nice size room and a good sub. Also work on absorbing and forget about 2D diffusers for now.

I know you can't do this but if you could get your speakers 2-3 feet into the room and your LP 3 feet from the back wall, your sound could really improve. I added my room below in Blue. My room also has no treatment but since my speakers and LP are inside the room away from the wall things are a little better. Your are going to need more treatment because of your speaker positions.
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So then I'm left with speaker placement for my only other alternative to remove those very bad nulls.
You do not have bad nulls. I frankly think your frequency responses is very good for your position. Your long room helps.

Your only major problem is the reflextions
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^ CORRECT

People focus too much on frequency response. Having a tool like REW will help you in all aspects of your room. The biggest upgrade you can do to your system is setup and your room.

Your setup is the best you can do with WAF so you need to work on the room. Bass traps should be low on your list as you have a nice size room and a good sub. Also work on absorbing and forget about 2D diffusers for now.

I know you can't do this but if you could get your speakers 2-3 feet into the room and your LP 3 feet from the back wall, your sound could really improve. I added my room below in Blue. My room also has no treatment but since my speakers and LP are inside the room away from the wall things are a little better. Your are going to need more treatment because of your speaker positions.

Gotcha thanks. Ya the only thing WAF about my setup is the room has to be setup backwards... screen/seating along the long wall. Right now my head is 2' from rear wall and my midrange/woofer is 2' from the front wall from the cone to wall. the back of the speaker is obviously closer.

I tried (only left speaker) testing and moved the speaker out from teh wall by 3-4' and moved it all around a around 3' square and tested about 9 spots and the graph really didn't change much but my MIC never moved from the MLP either.

I just gotta get through the painting/kitchen stuff which will be wrapping up in less than two weeks then I can pick up some fabric and start building my panels. I'm gonna make about 6 2'x2' panels and about 8 2'x4' panels and just put about 4 up and play with 4 of them and take readings and then play around with some other spots.

Since you seen my room I have major echo bouncing back from the crown along the length of the room. I stuck a panel up on a ladder to make a shelf (see photo) just to see what would happen and the "clap" test was super impressive... it KILLED a bunch of the ringing in that particular spot (adjacent to the other side so in the photo where u see the panel I was standing by the main speaker clapping and it was HUGE difference before and after but only in that spot.

So this tells me to maybe build some 1'x4' panels and along the length of the room at the crown areas alternate and cover the crown up with these panels.

Kinda like this:

back wall: >>>____>>>___>>>___>>>

front wall:___>>>____>>>____>>>___

Or at least this was my thought pattern to try first. (i have 16 of the panels below on the ladder which is alot but got them for 100 bucks so cheap)
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Re: Do I even need bass traps at all?

Good start now you can go one step further and use REW.
I did the same thing as you and I mapped it with REW.

Here is my right speaker in my room with nothing on the wall (Red line).
Now I placed a foam pad on the back left side of my wall and measure (Purple line)

You can plainly see that the pad makes the reflection at 9ms decrease.
Now place the pad somewhere else and you will see how it affects the original Impluse.

The next photo is the pad placed in another location.

Some say to only work to the reflection to 30 ms.


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Re: Do I even need bass traps at all?

Ya right now my room rings really bad. I'll get there. I'll get the initial treatment stuff (first reflections) done pretty quickly maybe within the next month.

Ultimately this is kinda how I saw my room.

Red is asborption and green is diffusion. The red cloud panels would only be above the three center MLP

My cathedral ceiling means I have a ton of reflections at the crown that I put in. and next at the peak. The peak being the furthest away I was going to load the ceiling/peak with mainly diffusion. absorption in the crown areas and behind the MLP and also the side reflection points.

I also want to make some coffee tables or ottomans where a diffusion panel is mounted upside down under the table so when it's just me listening I can flip them over and have floor diffusion.

Kinda like this chopped up sketch.
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Re: Do I even need bass traps at all?

Here is my back ceiling part and my back wall idea.

Red lines being the clouds that stick out over the couch. green diffusion and red is absorption panels.

My front idea also

none of this includes the bass traps
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