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Equipment position in listening room...Alcove
Posts: 7
October 10, 2021 - 2:06 pm


I have the opportunity to build and house my amps, dac and equipment under a set of stairs behind the speakers in an alcove with a door in my listening room .
At this stage its a solid cinder block wall but it wont be difficult for me to make this a brick alcove and put in a solid door.
Am I better to leave it as a solid block wall and have the stereo equipment in the main listening room area knowing that anything in the room will have an affect on the sound or hide it in this alcove knowing that I am creating an alcove in the room with a door and lose the rooms rectangular shape knowing that an alcove can cause isssues.
Anyone had this scenario?

Posts: 629
October 10, 2021 - 4:17 pm

It will depend on the room dimensions and the set up within the room. What are the room dimensions?

Posts: 7
October 10, 2021 - 6:05 pm


Its not the ideal room hence that’s why I’m trying to get things out of it without “doing any harm” with an alcove.
20ft x11.5x9ft
It would be behind the speakers not in front or to the side

Posts: 629
October 11, 2021 - 7:04 am

Behind the speakers is the area of highest pressure within the room. Keep the gear between the speakers no more than 12″ of the floor.

Posts: 7
October 11, 2021 - 2:10 pm


Thanks Dennis, Ive heard you talk before about cavities in a room and that you don like them which makes sense.
Is the back of the room considered out of bounds as well? People are always looking for extra space in smaller listening rooms.

Posts: 7
October 11, 2021 - 6:46 pm


Dennis your home page for Acoustic Fields shows a large room with their equipment in an alcove, given that this appears to be a big room was that acceptable in this room in this position?

Posts: 7
October 22, 2021 - 9:00 pm


Dennis if you had your choice of wall and position to put the entry door to a listening room would you choose side wall or rear wall? If the side was the only option would you have it in front or behind the listing position. Thanks

Posts: 629
October 24, 2021 - 6:47 am

All access openings must be behind the listening position. If they are on the front or sidewalls, you must treat the surface areas.

Posts: 7
October 24, 2021 - 2:05 pm


Thanks Dennis. You have helped me understand a lot about building a room. You talk a lot about the pressures in a room. What would happen if you ran a negative air pressure (slight) in a sealed listening room would it assist with bass management or would it be counter productive meaning just a decrease in sound levels.

Posts: 629
October 24, 2021 - 2:33 pm

I will assist you with this project. Send me pics of the room boundary surfaces and their respective seals.

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