Room Acoustics

I have a question concerning acoustic panels. I’m currently trying to determine what I need and how to set it up in my room. GIk advised that I put as many bass traps in the room as possible, strategically positioned in the room and, in the first reflection points. Secondary reflection points could either be covered by a combo of diffusion/absorption or diffusers. One question I have is, is it necessary to have so many acoustic panels both traps and diffusers, if you don’t play music very loud? Do acoustics matter most when the volume is turned up and the walls rattle? Appreciate some advice. Thanks.


I use tube traps in the corners. Depends on the size of your room and speakers as to how much improvement you will get.

Acoustic panels and big bass traps are expensive. Clearly one way is to get a company involved. After the corners, I experimented with heavy blankets and different pillows… couch pillows are good to determine what was needed where. One of my earlier rooms actually sounded best with painted walls. This was with ribbon speakers. One foot high three foot wide panel of heavy wool oriental carpet six feet up the front wall made a great improvement.

I have a very large irregular room that sounds great by itself, so I did my corrections with heavy wool hangings and pillows… with a few official acoustic products. Lots of ways of approaching it.

Really appreciate all your responses. I have bought bass traps for my front wall and it has tightened up the bass and improved the imaging. Before I went any further dealing w second reflection points and the rear wall behind the listening seat I wanted to get some input from those who have experience with panels in there rooms especially, those who play music at moderate to low levels. Thanks to all for your input, much appreciated.

Acoustics matter most at low volumes, say I.  The need and type of bass traps varies a great deal based on the dimensions of the room.  The GIK soffit traps do an amazing job in the lowest octaves where most acoustic treatments won't do anything at all.

You might also want to look at the AM Acoustics room simulator, which will help you visualize your room modes and help you place your speakers and listening location outside the worst modes.

@sidog1460  You may want to watch this video.  It's primarily out building the room itself, but has some excellent information on room treatment as well.  I found it very entertaining and informative.