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?


Cool. Nice. Looks like fun. You have done quite a few treatments. The unfinished aspects may be working a bit in your favor. I would definitely haul your heavy amp down. A dedicated area that you can change is much better than big compromises in my book.


There are also additional opportunities for additional treatments… bass traps. absorption on the left wall to help balance with open area on right. Looks like a great place to experiment and tune. Congratulations.

@ghdprentice Thanks for the positive feedback. But why do you suggest I try to get the 80 lb. amp downstairs? The Tandberg is doing a great job. If the Primare goes down, it'll probably never go up again

Well, I always want the best sound possible. My experience has been every decade has seen notable advances in sound quality of most components. The Primare sounds like a more contemporary, higher powered and likely better sounding amp. 


I am an old fart. I went through a transition that took about a year from I do all stuff myself to I get someone else to lift anything heavy… and for that matter to do anything I don’t want to do. So, I don’t pay attention things like weight.

I don’t see my Chiropractor much any more… while I liked seeing her, I am saving a lot of money and my back is in better shape.

At first I thought about selling the Primare amp and preamp, then thought, what if the Tandberg stops working? I've got 2 strong sons. Between them, I'll get the amp to the basement. Thanks for sharing. Glad your back is better.