Tips to Soundproof your Home Theatre
Picture this – you got yourself a 4K HDR TV or the projector you have been eyeing since long; your bucket-list of movies to watch is right there in front of you; you have calibrated the speakers to your level of comfort, and you have got some cozy sofas for the ultimate watching experience. Oh finally, all set! (you exhaled a sigh of relief). You took a comfortable seat and switched your home theatre systems on with excitement. But right then, you hear a loud banging the door. “Honey, can you tone it down please?” It’s your wife complaining about the noise.
Needless to say that your feelings aren’t happy ones. So, what to do now? It’s simple: Soundproof your home theatre. If you want to fully enjoy your movie-watching experience without disturbing others at home, or perhaps in the neighborhood, this is your best bet!
So here are some tips to soundproof your home theatre.
Figure out the dBs
How much soundproofing do you need for your home theatre? It depends on the number of decibels (DBS) produced by your home theatre unit and the number of decibels you need to cut down in order to prevent the sound leakage. To work out this calculation, you will need the help of professionals.
Soundproof according to your home needs
Every home is unique and so is every home theatre. For larger homes with an abundance of space, too much of soundproofing is not required. However, for smaller homes and apartments, proper soundproofing is necessary to block the sound from disturbing others. Most importantly, you should get your home a home theatre system depending on the environment around you and think about the soundproofing options beforehand.
Simple hacks for moderate audio set up
The level of soundproofing you need also depends on your audio set up. If it is moderate, then you can use some easy and affordable soundproofing methods for your home theatre. Installing foam tapes with weather-stripping and door sweep at the entrance of the room will prevent leakage of sound. If you could control the bass produced from seeping from the room, you can reduce the transmission of sound to some extent. For this, you can keep the subwoofer on the top of a thick rubber mat or foam.
What if your home theatre is pumping out too much of decibels? Then you’ll need proper soundproofing. It includes – Mass, Damping, and Decoupling.
- Mass is one of the most commonly used home theatre soundproofing techniques. If done right, adding mass, i.e., extra layers of drywall can help in the reduction of sound leakage to a great extent.
- Damping, as the name suggests, is using damping techniques to reduce the sound drainage. The concept is very simple. All you need to do is dampen the sound waves and vibrations that are likely to leak through the joists and studs. Damping is done using viscoelastic (sound-engineered drywalls) compounds. It not only reduces the transmission of sound to the adjacent rooms but also improves the quality of sound inside the room.
- No number of viscoelastic compounds and drywalls can fix the actual problem of sound leakage (the bass) through the joists and studs. In order to fix the same, you need to perform decoupling. It translates to creating a floating room inside a room. The concept goes like this – brick-and-mortar wall, 2X4 studs plus drywall, the 1-inch gap separating the two walls and at last the decoupled wall. It leads to complete soundproofing.
So those are some basics about soundproofing your home theater. If you want to soundproof your home theatre and experience world-class music and videos, you should get in touch with experts who can get the job done in the best possible way.
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