Unfinished basement listening room

I tried setting up a listening room in a small bedroom, then the living room. My homemade open baffle speakers are too large for both spots. For a while I'd been thinking of a basement listening room so as not to have to move the speakers back to the wall in the living room every time we had company. I finally did it and I'm quite pleased. Now all I have to do is take a seat and turn stuff on. Instead of trying to take my 80 pound Primare A32 amp to the basement, I'm using my Tandberg TR-2060. It takes me back to the 70's. Love being able to adjust things to my liking. Who ever thought an unfinished basement space could sound so good. I've done some room treatments that are shockingly cheap and unorthodox. I'd probably be criticized as less than a audiophile for these room treatments. I also reinstalled all my tweaks (Synergistic Research HFT's, ECT's, IsoAcoustic Orea's and Ingress Rollerballs). Anyone else listening in what would seem to be a less than ideal space and loving it?


My room in the basement needed a lot of treatment to sound good. After treatment, it sounds better than any room its size (12.5 x 20 x 7 ft) has a right to.

Big bass traps in 4 corners were key, in my case. A little absorption with binary scatter plates helps. The low noise floor down there makes a huge difference.

@twhitezzz I bought 3 large rugs and placed one each on the the back and front walls and the 3rd on the floor in front of my speakers (the rug reaches a foot behind my listening area). I had 4 Aurelex Geofusors and placed 2 (stacked) about 3 feet behind each speaker. That's it. My music is meaty, spacious and voices and instruments are focused. I hear music to the sides of and behind my speakers (depending on the recording). The bass is tight and authoritative. I just ordered a reclining barber's chair with a small headrest as my listening chair. My house is 9 years old so the walls are cement blocks with rolls of fiberglass insulation between studs. I initially tried using absorbers to the sides of the speakers, but they sucked up the mid frequency so I removed them. I only have corners on the left side. The right side is to open space. Now all I need to do is make sure my sump pump is working at peak performance  :)  Those Yogibo bean bags sound interesting.

@mike_in_nc sounds like all your investment and effort has reaped great benefits!


How about some photos under your UserID… virtual systems. It would be great to see what you are talking about.

How about some photos under your UserID… virtual systems. It would be great to see what you are talking about.


pictures speak a thousand words

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@jjss49 you've got enough equipment to open your own store. Must be a ton of fun and then some listening to it all. @ghdprentice, your systems are breath taking. I know they provide you with hours on hours of top notch entertainment. I don't want to jump the gun so I'll work on posting some pics after my chair is assembled and in place  :)  It'll look a lot nicer than the stool I'm sitting on right now.