Soundproofing 101: How to Keep Your Home Cinema Quiet

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Soundproofing your home, is becoming an increasingly popular thing amongst homeowners. People are soundproofing rooms for their recording studios (if they want to record a podcast, create a YouTube video etc), for conference calls, even rooms that contain noisy appliances like washing machines. So, as you can see, there are many reasons to why someone might soundproof a room. 

However, this article will focus mainly on home cinemas and how to make sure that you get the best experience from it. Soundproofing your home cinema, will give you the peace of mind to enjoy your film, whilst also knowing that you won’t have angry neighbours banging on your front door, or even (depending on how good your soundproofing is), an angry roommate or partner who can’t sleep. Keep on reading to find out how to properly soundproof your home cinema…

The Walls

The walls are the most obvious thing that needs to be soundproofed. The average home has very thin walls that can transmit noise very easily. So, it’s nearly impossible to play anything loud and have no one else hear it. Paper thin walls are the most common cause of noise leaking out of your home cinema. So, it’s no surprise that everyone can hear you watching your film or playing on your favourite game.

If you truly want to have the best cinematic or gaming experience, then you need to completely soundproof those walls. There are a few ways that you can do this, for example you can get acoustic blankets for sound absorption (you can find out more information about this product at Bad acoustics will ruin even the best of films. They also have a duel use as they can stop sound from leaking out of the room, whilst also keeping sound from getting in, so you won’t be disturbed.

The Floors

A lot of people are surprised to find out that the floors needs to be soundproofed. As there is a common misconception that this only applies to home cinemas on higher floors. However, this is not the case. Obviously, the floor is connected to the walls. Sound vibrations from the floor will be transferred to the walls and further to the rooms on the top. 

In order to stop sound from traveling down and out of your room, you should consider getting things like interlocking floor mats, carpet padding or even rubber floor mats. This will help soundproof your home cinema so that you get the best experience. You don’t want to be disturbed by footsteps or moving furniture if you can help it. If your home cinema is in the basement though, then you probably won’t have to worry too much about this as the sound is less and can be controlled a lot easier.  

Home Theatre Speakers

This might seem a bit odd, since speakers will create noise. However, it’s also important to make sure that you get speakers which will help enhance your experience of your home cinema, so that you have a great time. Once you have taken the basic steps to soundproof your home cinema, you’ll be able to go out and buy your speakers for your cinema. This includes (but is not limited to): a centre speaker, left and right forward speakers, left and right rear speakers plus more. If you know that your home cinema is soundproof then you’ll want to make sure that you get the full effect of the film that you watch.Don’t forget that your TV or projector and screen are also hugely important when it comes to enjoying your film (or game). A beautiful picture is key to a great home cinema and if you have the space, then the bigger the better. When you have got everything ready for this room then you will have a great time using it. You might decide though that once you have finished updating your home cinema, that you would like to update the rest of the house as well. If that is the case, then you can check out this article here about how to add some personality into your home.

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