Vibration/boomy bass and assorted uses for old mouse pads

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  1. RobWil

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    I've been trying to remedy the cause of some boominess in my system which I don't think is the fault of my equipment.
    I happened upon an article the other day which was discussing the subject of vibrations and decided to pursue that a little. My listening room is a second story spare bedroom above a garage. I have fairly heavy floor standing speakers and wooden equipment racks. My main thought was the speakers being on a second story floor on what is probably a surface very susceptible to vibrations. I have been considering buying some cement blocks to place them on with some dampening type material attached, but in the meantime I had a bunch of those thick mouse pads lying around and decided to experiment with placing them under some of my components. I had enough to place them under my CD player and my 2 external amps I use for the fronts.
    This seems to have made a tremendous difference so far....much less boominess. I'm hoping the blocks for the speakers will help even further. I know this isn't anything new but thought I'd mention it for any novices out there like me who may be experiencing something similar, and for you experts out there to comment on concerning possible other negative side effects this might create.
    Thanks!
     
  2. David Judah

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    I'm curious how placing a mat under a source component like a CD player would affect the sound at all, or an amp for that matter. I could understand maybe vibration dampening for the CD player, but I wouldn't think it could affect frequency response.

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    I agree with David.

    Your problem is more than likely due to the construction of the room, and/or interference effects with your speakers and the room.

    A few things that might help are:

    o Carpetting helps
    o Make sure your speakers are placed 2-3 ft from all walls
    o If you have a sub, it should probably be in one of the corners to start, although 1/2 way along the longest wall might work too.

    I actually do use rubbers stoppers below some of my equipment. (Much cheaper than those vibrapod things.) But, I don't do it for any effect on sound quality, I use them simply to increase the distance betweeen stacked components for increased air flow.
     
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    So do I take it nobody believes my mousepad findings? [​IMG]

    Ya know....a coupla months ago I had an amp I was using to control my 2 fronts with that was sitting on top of a nice, solid wooden cabinet. I decided to put an old bathroom rug under it so it wouldn't scratch (one of those rugs with rubber bottom). The amp happened to be playing and I was amazed at the immediate improvement in bass boominess.
    So there! :>P
     
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    In broken English, you said...
     
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    I'll bet though, that you've got some nulls and substantial peaks in that room that could be tamed and that'd greatly improve your overall experience. OTOH, there's always AudioAsylum, where any experience is accepted. There's also a lot of good information over there too, but it's really difficult to walk through a cow pasture with white sneakers and have them come out white when you leave.
     
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    Well, I'll say it: I don't believe you get any benefit from the mouse pads at all. The Placebo effect. [​IMG] But if you think there's an improvement, then keep them. They don't cost you much at least...
     
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    Oh Ye of little faith, Enter my Kingdom, regardless of thy sneaker condition, and I shall make Ye whole again! Ye bass shall not be boomy within the confines of heaven! (due to extensive use of old mousepads for their dampening properties, no doubt!)
     

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