How to soundproof when living above a bar
October 29, 2010 7:43 AM Subscribe
I moved in above a bar. The soundproofing is great, except for the vibrations from the lower bass frequencies. They're using wall-mounted speakers placed pretty close to the ceiling. Is it possible to soundproof against those? And what are some of the things the bar could do to help me?
posted by maxreax to Home & Garden (18 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
There are three mid-sized speakers mounted on a brick wall that runs through both the bar and our apartment. They're placed pretty high up on the wall--maybe eight inches down from the ceiling. We can't hear conversation or movement and rarely hear high frequencies from the music (sometimes when it's turned up loud we can hear vocals, but it's mostly just bass drum, bass lines, tom-toms, etc.) The bartenders are really nice about turning down the music when asked, but I'd like to reach a solution where I don't have to be constantly asking them to turn it down.
First, I'm wondering how much of a difference it would make if I could get the bar to a) move the speakers and b) install an equalizer or mixer that allowed them to turn down the bass. Those seem like easy (too easy?) compromise solutions, but I'm worried that moving the speakers further down won't do much since they'd still be attached to the wall.
My second question is, essentially, is it possible to soundproof against the kind of low frequencies that are vibrating our floor and wall? My research seems to indicate that these frequencies are really difficult to protect against, but I want to hear the hive mind's thoughts.
Summary: Apartment vibrates because of bass from wall-mounted speakers below. Will moving speakers lower down, or off wall, help? Will turning down bass help? Is it possible to soundproof this kind of problem?
(I love the apartment I'm in, and I've got a year-long lease, so I'd much rather look for ways to make it work (even if there are still small vibrations) than try to get out of the lease.)