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    Default Are room treatments just for 2 channel or HT as well?

    I am about to embark on a journey to build some acoustic panels for my home theater after reading the many threads around this forum about the benefits of using them. However, I was about to pull the trigger and order the materials, I realized that everything that I had been reading was about the benefits of using acoustic panels in a 2 channel listening environment. Currently, my 2 channel rig is in my living room so I will not be allowed to put up acoustic panels there, but I will be able to put them up in my home theater if I want to.

    I'm just wondering if anyone has had experience with acoustic panels in their home theater that they could comment on?

    Also, if I were to place panels at the first reflection points of the front speakers, would it be different since they are angled inward (as opposed to my SDAs, which are parallel with the back wall)?

    Thanks for any and all advice!

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    They are for any room that is not sonically transparent. Basically, yes it will help in any room with a sound system of any type.
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    Home theater might even be a better application. More sounds from more sources to bounce around the room.

    As a comparison, ever notice how a movie theater has lots of sounds panels on the walls(some thick curtains up front) and ceiling tiles? You bet sound panels are good when running lots of speakers. If possible, try to make your home theater look and feel like the real thing. Put the panels on slight angles, and stack them like you'd see in the theater. Get crazy with drapes and fabrics.

    p.s. if you have carpet, try to leave the ceiling mostly virgin. If you have hardwood, try to use ceiling tiles to absorb some more. Point is, leave either the floor or ceiling as a reflective surface.

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