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I really hate hearing errant bass from others music.  I don't mind my kids having their music up a bit loud in their rooms, but if it is heavy in bass, it makes me feel like I have my head in a drum.  

 

DD15 has a small little Teac micro stereo with a 10 watt sub.  Nothing big, by any means, but her bedroom is directly over the living room so it really gets annoying at times.  She likes rap music, so it is bass heavy music.  Also, since my living room is a long rectangle with the dining room, the large flat walls/ceiling almost seem to amplify  the sounds,  Her music bleed through seems louder downstairs 25 ft from her stereo , than in the hallway, directly outside her room, 10 feet from it.   OR Maybe this is just perception?  When i am in the hallway, I hear more of ALL of her music, not just the bass.  Downstairs, it is predominately just the bass.  

 

 

Is there anything I can do to decrease the bass permeating the rooms downstairs? Would buying a piece of sound board and having her sit the sub on top of it make any difference? The sub is about 10 inches from the wall, sitting on the floor right now. (Which means it is essentially in the ceiling of the room below).   She will turn down the bass as far as it can go but it is still pretty heavy based on her music.

 

Any suggestions?  I don't mind some noise but the bass drives me a bit nutty. 

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Do you have carpet or wood floors? I will ask dh about what he would do to help the issue when he gets home. People can be sensitive to particular harmonic frequencies, and that may be why the bass bothers you. Or, it might be because you are an old fogey and need to get with the times, man. :D

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Bose noise cancelling headphones! They are pricey but I've found them to be well worth the investment. I have three musicians in the house and although I love it, there are times when I need to tone it down and the headphones do that. :coolgleamA:

 

They don't cancel out all noise, but they help a great deal.

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Try sitting the speaker on a cushion or piece of foam so that the speaker is "decoupled" from hard surfaces (floor/wall). Also move the speakers away from walls & especially corners of the room.

 

Plugging the port in the bass speaker with a sock or sponge might help too.

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Do you have carpet or wood floors? I will ask dh about what he would do to help the issue when he gets home. People can be sensitive to particular harmonic frequencies, and that may be why the bass bothers you. Or, it might be because you are an old fogey and need to get with the times, man. :D

carpet in her room and the room downstairs.
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Bose noise cancelling headphones! They are pricey but I've found them to be well worth the investment. I have three musicians in the house and although I love it, there are times when I need to tone it down and the headphones do that. :coolgleamA:

 

They don't cancel out all noise, but they help a great deal.

Good idea for when I don't want to interfere but I would hate to have them on everytime she is listening to music.

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