How little can I spend to make my own room treatments?

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  1. Brandon_T

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    I have been wanting to do some work on my HT system, mostly add a sub, but financially I just can't afford it right now. So I figured that I would investigate room treatments. My system is very live, and reflective. I would like to make the room have less of a live feel to it. I have VERY thick carpet as it is. Can anyone help me in how to construct so room treatments for very cheap? I cannot spend much money. If it is not possable to do, just say so. I just want honest opinions. Thanks in advance.

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    Go to your local bookstore/Amazon and get a copy of the book: "Sound Studio Construction on a Budget" by F Alton Everest. It will tell you a lot of good basics on early reflections and how to go about placing sound diffusers/absorbers in your room.

    Then you can spend about $35 on acoustic tiles from PartsExpress.com and play, or use towels/blankets to play around with things.
     
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    i bought 25 carpet squares at a carpet store for $1 each and hung them up on the walls in a staggered pattern. i dont have a picture, but it looks really nice, and it turned a bare walled thin carpet ecco chamber into a nice HT room. even conversation sounds very very quiet and muted compared to when the walls were bare.
     
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    Packaging companies have six foot by six foot squares of foam panels with sort of an egg crate pattern on them on one side. Works well. Usually one or two panels strategically placed can do wonders.
     
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    Thanks for the advice all, I will look into all of these and report back on my findings.

    Brandon
     
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    If you want to do any of the above method, you would have to make it 4-6" thick. This way, not just the high freq echoes gets absorbed, but also the mid and mid-low frequencies. So triple/quadruple up those eggcrate foams
     
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    I'm going to build these that thomas recomended when I get my HT room finished
    DIY Wall treatments
     

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