How to Design a Dedicated Listening Room
Get the Most Out of the Equipment in Your Arizona Home
If you’re going to invest big money in a high-end audio system for your Scottsdale home, you want to give it a place to shine. Any proper audiophile needs a dedicated space to escape into auditory bliss, listening to recordings as they were meant to be heard or recreating live concerts in the comfort of their home. This kind of hi-fi system requires meticulous work and planning to reduce distortion of sound while optimizing your audio signals. Read on to get some tips on how to design a mind-blowing dedicated listening room.
Deciding on the Proper Location
It all begins with figuring out where you want to install you hi-fidelity music system. The size of your room will directly impact the type of speakers you want and vice versa. If you already have a room in mind for your listening room, make sure your speakers are up to the task. For example, you don’t need 7-foot speakers if you’re going to be re-purposing a small 15-foot long den. Optimize your system by finding speakers with the appropriate power for the room.
Figuring Out the Best Speaker Layout
For most high-end audio systems, we recommend going with a 2-channel setup. The idea is to create a perfect triangle between the listener and the speakers. The listener sits in the middle of the room, and the speakers are placed directly in the front of him to the right and left. For the best possible sound, he should face the shorter wall and have the longer wall on the sides. The goal is to create an entirely balanced setup. You want both speakers to be equally distant from the listener and equally distant from the wall. This way all signals are reaching him at the exact same time.
Finding the Right Equipment
We recommend going with Bowers & Wilkins, which offers a diverse line of speakers ranging from wireless to its trademark 800 Diamond Series. It’s also important to know what kind of music you’ll mostly listen to. This is because all speakers have particular strengths. Some, for example, offer better bass sounds while others have better mid-range sounds. Once we know where your musical preferences fall, we find you the most compatible speakers.
With speakers as powerful as those offered by B&W, you’re also going to need a quality amplifier to enhance the signal from your source components. We recommend going with Classe’s classic CA-2300 two-channel amplifier with single-board amplification and heat management to ensure consistent, transparent sound.
Add Acoustic Treatments
We help you reduce reverberations within the room, eliminate outdoor sound and enhance the lower-frequency signals coming from your speakers. We can do this through acoustic treatments on the wall and ceiling, creating added separation within your drywall, and installing “bass traps” in the corners of the room.
One of the most common problems in a listening room has to do with getting the proper bass at the lowest frequencies. “Bass traps” help reduce the amplitude of your signal as it hits the wall. This balances out your sound by reducing the peaks and valleys in the signal.
Let us design a dedicated listening room that would be any audiophile’s fantasy. Contact us to set up a consultation!