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    Like many others, my setup includes a 50" flat panel TV in between my speakers which are positioned about 4 ft. in front of the TV. In my listening position I'm staring right at the screen. It's a non-issue with HT, but with 2-channel, I'd like to do something about it if it offers an improved sound. I'm thinking of building a 3' x 4' portable acoustic diffusor panel to drape over the TV whenever I listen to music. When I'm done, I'd hide the panel behind the couch.

    Have I lost my damn mind (again) or is this something worthy of pursuing? Yeah, I'd love to do more acoustic dampening, but my system is in the den and that ain't gonna happen 'cause of the WAF thing.

    Any thoughts?
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    If your speaks are 4 ft in front I don't think you have to worry too much about hi frequencies reflecting off the front of the screen.However you could build an absorb panel ,simply build a wooden frame to hold some mineral wool or fiberglass insulation,then wrap it in some nice cloth material.If you install a wide enough base on it so it will be free standing.


    Like this but wider with a wider base to keep it stable.
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    The face of my speaker cabs are about 2' from my TV and I didn't notice a difference with a panel in front of the TV. I noticed a bigger difference having panels at the first reflection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Face View Post
    The face of my speaker cabs are about 2' from my TV and I didn't notice a difference with a panel in front of the TV. I noticed a bigger difference having panels at the first reflection.
    OK, thanks. I'll move on....
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    Can't hurt to try a center panel, it would only take a hour to make. YMMV.

    As for the center diffuser above, very interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jm1 View Post
    jm1 --

    Your center diffusor is interesting. The pic appears to indicate that your diffusor is in front of your speakers.

    I need roughly a 3' x 4' panel to go in front of my TV. I'm thinking of buying 12 Auralex MiniFusors, painting them and attaching them to a thin wood panel to place in front of the TV.

    http://www.auralex.com/sound_diffuso..._minifusor.asp

    But before I do anything, I'd like somehow to determine if a diffusor will make any difference at all. Any ideas?
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    Most of these guys are talking about using absorption panels. Do I need absorption or diffusion?
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    My speakers are about 4’ into the room. The diffuser rests against the audio rack behind the speakers. The diffuser is not in front of the speakers.

    I have tried placing a tube trap between the speakers. It provided a minimal benefit at best even when rotated with the diffusing side facing out. The dedicated panel is significantly better than having absorption.

    If I were you, I would pick one room in the house for audio applications and optimize the acoustics. Your wife will soon become accustomed to the visual and audio presence of the room.

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    The following have provided inspiration towards optimizing my acoustic environment:

    http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/fr.pl?vaslt&1036349020

    http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/fr.pl?vaslt&1170194197

    http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/fr.pl?vaslt&1065030431

    http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/fr.pl?vaslt&1090182580

    If the following article had been published before I developed the basement, my audio room would have incorporated some of the built-in features of the design. Even at this point, I would like to redevelop my room to implement some of these features.

    http://www.positive-feedback.com/Iss...avigneroom.htm
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    Man, after reading that setup, my setup feels so insignificant. I am going to curl up in a ball and be depressed now. :(
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    jm1 --

    Thanks for the links. Seems like the best diffusor for my purpose is a semi-circular one like yours. I noticed that two of those links included them in the front of the room.

    I'll have to figure out how to build one. I'd prefer for it to be portable and collapsible (i.e., two or three separate parts). that can be placed elsewhere when not in use. jm1 -- the one you built would be difficult for me to hide from the WAF. Any thoughts?
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    Just throwing this out there--not sure if its a viable option or not, but what about the temp partition walls made like what's used in office cubicles? We have a couple free standing ones that have legs. They are essentially metal frames with fiberglass like insuation in them covered in cloth. At least they look like absorbtion panels-but probably not constructed the same for all I know.

    Just did some quick searching online and found this. Made for privacy, it has sound absorbing fabirc on one side and a decorative other side, when not in use it could sit somewhere in the room looking pretty (assuming that doesn't cause any other acoustic issues).

    Just a thought. Probably just as easy to make one yourself too...
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    If you require a portable diffuser which can be easily “hidden”, I might suggest making one using the vertical boards method and hinging the center so it folds to half its width. This might make it easier to store when not in use. If hinging does not collapse the diffuser small enough for storage, you could use two lift off hinges to allow the unit to separate into two pieces.

    http://www.leevalley.com/hardware/pa...97&cat=3,41241

    You do only need four or five inches of depth in the center of the arc for the diffuser.
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