First and foremost, I should state that there are some situations where having subwoofers in an apartment at all is completely inappropriate….Vv Click SHOW MORE vV
GAME CHANGING SUBWOOFERS:
That said, there are some things you can do to mitigate some of the problems with shared wall living. Vv Click “SHOW MORE” vV
One thing I didn’t emphasize enough in this video was turning the gain down on the subwoofer itself. I don’t mean that you just dial it down and call it good. I mean adjust the sub gain down, and then increase the AVR subwoofer level to where it sounds balanced to you again. This reduces the dynamics and the subwoofer’s max output, but still provides the depth when you have good subs. The bass will sound a little “softer” but still be just as deep. It just won’t “feel” as though the earthquake on screen is really happening, which neighbors will likely appreciate.
I put my microphone in the garage and measured the bass bleed-over on a single bass heavy track, Travis Scott’s “Antidote”. -20 db on the Denon, subwoofer trim at -6.5, and Dual PB-2000’s at 50% gain, which gave me 81+ db bleed over.
Then I dialed the subs to 15-20% gain, and turned up the AVR sub trim until it sounded “right” again with tracks from Norah Jones, my go to for dialing in subs. This happened to be at -0.5 on the AVR for me. I measured again at the same volume, and got just over 74 db playing “Antidote”.
That’s a 7 db reduction in bleed over to my garage at the same volume on the dial (-20). Pretty good result. Sound wise, the bass was softer with less impact, but the depth was still there. I prefer my bass stronger, but if I was in an apartment, I would find this totally livable.
The SVS Soundpath Subwoofer Isolation System is a good way to reduce the amount of energy transmitted into the floor. It’s also pretty hard to tell there is a system in place, it looks stock. The system is pretty flexible, I can wiggle the subwoofer cabinet around by hand, which to me demonstrates a pretty good level of decoupling from the floor. https://sub101.link/Isolation (affiliate link)
The Subdude is another isolation system, though I cannot comment on it’s effectiveness since I haven’t used them yet. http://amzn.to/2i0e6Co (affiliate link)
If you have other ideas that you think I should include in this description, comment below. I’m sure there are helpful things I didn’t think of. Placing the subs as close as possible is a good idea. Making your room quieter will mean you don’t have to turn it up as much. Communicate, etc…
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Here is the setup at the time of upload:
Amplifier Denon X6200W: http://amzn.to/2fbCbGx
Tried the Marantz, loved it except for the portal display, preferred the overall sound: http://amzn.to/2eKf9SI
This looks like a great power amp: http://amzn.to/2eKm525
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Atmos/DTS:X height speakers: https://sub101.link/Elevation
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Dual Ported Cylinder Subwoofers; https://sub101.link/PC-2000
SVS Soundpath Subwoofer Isolation System: https://sub101.link/Isolation
Speaker wire: https://sub101.link/SP1SpeakerCable
Subwoofer cable: https://sub101.link/RCA
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