Achieving audio perfection in a room with a set-in-stone design can be tough—but not impossible, as shown in this Manhattan townhouse.
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Media Room Rear

Through a series of mathematic and scientific calculations, Schnitta engineered the walls to act as the required combination of reflectors, absorbers, and bass traps. “The thickness of the plywood combined with the amount of air space behind it can equal the effect of bass trap,” she explains. Once the new, acoustically designed plywood wall was up, white acoustical fabric was stretch over it, a setup that would defeat some of the unwanted audio reflections (caused when signals bounce off hard surfaces) and match the room design. Combined with a sheet of loaded vinyl (called NoiseOut2) rolled over the ceiling joists, the treatments created a room where the audio system could perform at its peak—and no sound would be able to exit or enter the room, either.

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