Sound Dampening Options for Subwoofer in Apartment?

Sound Dampening Options for Subwoofer in Apartment?

Anthony Nguyen
Feb 3, 2011

Q - I just picked up a new subwoofer for my small 1-bedroom apartment. It's a pretty big sub and I would like some quality sound without disrupting my neighbors too much. Is there anything I can do to avoid being "that" neighbor?

A - There's a couple of things you could do to help absorb all that low frequency goodness without degrading the sound quality of your home theater.

We suggest giving the following a shot:

  • Curtains: Curtains do wonders when it comes to absorbing subwoofer frequencies. Plus, it helps sound quality as well - you don't get the nasty reflective noise bouncing off your windows.
  • Rugs: Like curtains, rugs can absorb noise from bouncing all around your room and helps with general noise absorption.
  • Night Mode: If you've got a night mode on your sub, we suggest making good use of it. The night mode usually doesn't degrade sound - it usually just makes the listening "sweet spot" more constrained with less intensity.
  • Dampening Wall Materials: Other materials like egg cartons, blankets, and professionally manufactured paneling can definitely help take some of the vibrations from going next door.

Got a recommendation to help Sam be less of a bass-head to his neighbors? Let him know in the comments!

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