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HT4Me 05-05-2013 09:22 PM

Carpet Pad Question: Acoustical considerations
 
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All,

I am in the planning phase of a project to finish a 1900 square foot basement (see attachment). After much deliberation, I have decided to carpet all but the bar, under the pool table and bathroom. A significant amount of space is dedicated to an open layout home theater. From a standpoint of carpet and pad, what should I use for the best acoustical results?

Thanks!!!

~HT4ME

ddawg16 05-05-2013 09:45 PM

It's pretty simple...the thicker, the better. But also understand that how your walls are shaped and made also has an impact on noise..

Chokingdogs 05-06-2013 04:47 PM

I honestly dont think your choice in carpet/pad is going to make any difference, in terms of what type and how thick, since it's laid on a concrete slab. Thicker carpet/pad will make a difference to your bare footsies while walking on it tho, in addition to you possibly needing longer spikes if using floorstanding speakers ( assuming that, and you currently use spikes for them ).

The layout of the room, how many "dead spots" you have, inside corners, uncarpeted areas, etc., all will much more of an impact on sound than carpet/pad styles, and there will be a lot of options to remedy any issues surrounding them - e.g. wall coverings, acoustic tiles, those free standing sound thingys you place in a corner, etc. etc.

For more thoughts and advice, you may want to search and/or register with AVSforum.com and pose the same question.

sam floor 05-06-2013 05:19 PM

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Originally Posted by ddawg16 (Post 1173388)
It's pretty simple...the thicker, the better. But also understand that how your walls are shaped and made also has an impact on noise..

That may help with noise, but any pad over 1/2" thick can cause carpet wear problems.

HT4Me 05-06-2013 06:53 PM

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Originally Posted by sam floor (Post 1173864)
That may help with noise, but any pad over 1/2" thick can cause carpet wear problems.

Hello sam floor,

If that is the case, what is the best underlay to use from the standpoint of material? Rubber? Foam?

Thanks!

sam floor 05-06-2013 06:58 PM

Foam with at least 8lb density.

HT4Me 05-06-2013 09:29 PM

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Originally Posted by sam floor (Post 1173920)
Foam with at least 8lb density.

Sam Floor,

I will difinately follow your recommendation. 1/2" foam underlay with 8 lbs density or higher. Got it! I appreciate the tip. You just saved my carpet! :clap:

Thanks,

HT4ME


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