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October 29, 2019
When my wife told me I could use the basement family room for my listening room , I got busy remodeling. I removed all the furnishing, moved in my equipment and had 3 recliners delivered. Setting up the best location for my speakers and listening position took several months and I just might revisit it later in the year as I add more acoustic treatment from AcousticFields.
My original purchase was AcousticFields 2’ X 18 X 25 size foam and I initially focused upon placing them at the 1st, 2nd & 3rd reflection points including the ceiling. Keep in mind I had about 30 pieces of foam from another popular maker, spread on the front and back walls. After listening to my favorite recordings, I realized I needed to buy more as I was hearing things that made me smile and at times giggle. I also realized the other guys foam wasn’t cutting it, so I took it all down and gave it away.
The first mighty improvement was the wider sound stage. It was no more just limited to the side walls but extended 2-3 feet past them for a wonderful surprise. I was hearing more music where my speakers were just plain disappearing. The vocals had more weight to them and seemed to be more focused, apart from the instruments.
The rooms 5 walls now stand at 35% coverage with Dennis’ foam and I still have more to buy as the sound field just gets better with each additional purchase. With the last 20 pieces I received last week, I placed some of them in the stairwell as I could always here some reverberation behind me. I placed the rest on the front wall and when I pulled out the same favorites to play, I realized I reached a new plateau.
The vocals smacked me upside my head as the singers sounded like they just upgraded their microphones from the last time I played them. Not only was their breath subtly coming through but there were less artifacts with each syllable. Their enunciation was much clearer. I still cant believe this is all because of foam . Instead of just hearing the flutter of the instruments reed, I could now, hear the reeds continuous tempo that yields the aural flutter. Simply astounding!!
The Sound field is immense and sometimes plays tricks on me. I hear instruments and vocals as near as the next seat over or 2 feet in front of me all the way out past the side walls. I once instinctively reached for my cell phone, which was on the next cushion over to answer because I heard a slight but distinct mans voice that I thought was leaving me a message….It wasn’t my phone, it was the program material. Had to play it again and I still cant get over it. I’ve never heard such a full sound stage in my life. The depth behind the speakers could be better but the height has definitely increased. Some vocals are a couple feet higher than the speakers. I’ll be adding more foam to the ceiling to get more height on the soundstage. So far, I’m a happy camper!
BTW, I’ll will be starting soon to build the DIY BDA bass Absorber cabinets from Acoustic fields. I have 6, 50lb bags of AcousticFields activated carbon, behind those speakers to use. I need to build 18, so ill be busy with that 2nd phase of room treatment. Phase 3 will be the diffusers.
Front wall: 14 x 7.25 w/ 55% coverage
Back wall 14 x 7.25 w/ 55% “
Left wall: 24 x 7.25 w/ 43% “
Right wall: 21 x 7.25 w/ 39% :
Ceiling @ 22% coverage
August 19, 2019
In my experience, Dennis’s Acoustic Fields foam sounds remarkably better than brand S. And as I add more of his foam , my room (living/listening room ) keeps sounding better. The only problem is as I get one wall under control, the other walls, and everything else in the room lets itself be heard.
I’m also going to build a couple BDAs. Not enough space to fully treat my room, but I figure everything helps.
And I’ve saved lots of $ by studying Dennis’s videos and Academy and not wasting my money on products that don’t/can’t work. Mr.Foley is truly the man when it comes to room treatment.