Your floors are going to have an impact on the sound. Mainly what they are made of is going to partially determine how acoustically active or dead your room is going to be. Meaning, how long the sound will perpetuate while it is reflecting off all of the surfaces in your room. If your home theater room flooring is carpeted, you are going to have a somewhat quiet room. The carpet will absorb most of the frequencies that come into contact with it. There is one exception thought, the bass frequencies or low end for the most part will not be effected by the carpet.
Choosing Your Home Theater Flooring
Bass frequencies tend to have longer wavelengths that are uninfected by the small fibers in your carpet. If you are looking to absorb stray bass frequencies in your room, a couch is the best solution. Only mass can absorb low end. Anyway, tile floors will reflect everything. Tile rooms are generally very active, and make intelligible sound in a sound system hard to achieve. I don’t recommend tile in your home theater room, and if you have had tile in a home theater room before, you probably noticed that no matter how much you turned the volume up, you still had a hard time hearing the dialog or music. Hardwood floors have a very nice smooth acoustic response. They absorb some sound and reflect some as well. Which makes for a nice mix of ambiance. But they still can reflect a fair amount, so try and get the best of both worlds. Lay a throw rug over a hardwood floor.
Furniture is going to determine how the bass frequencies are handled in the room. Bass frequencies are only absorbed by big soft things (to put it in technical terms). They need mass to be absorbed, and a large couch or a leather chair will do wonders for the bass response in your home theater room.
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