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Opinions needed on media room flooring

My wife has requested I lay laminated wood flooring in the media room. Please remind me what the drawbacks would be from such a change from carpet?
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My wife has requested I lay laminated wood flooring in the media room. Please remind me what the drawbacks would be from such a change from carpet?
Sounds are gonna bounce around like crazy, making for echos and probably "tinny", unnatural sounds. It may actually sound louder, but not accurate.
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Sounds are gonna bounce around like crazy, making for echos and probably "tinny", unnatural sounds. It may actually sound louder, but not accurate.

Would furniture and a large area rug help?
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My reasoning is that large movie theaters have concrete floors. seats and the carpet walkways. Would I not be in a similar boat, on a smaller scale?
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put some egg foam on the wall lol



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Id go carpet...Id want to soak up all the reflecting sounds I could

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depending on the finish it could reflect light in a way you dont want


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Would furniture and a large area rug help?
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Go with a Berber-type carpet. They wear well, absorb sound well, and look nice for that type of room. The reason theaters' use "concrete", is because of the mess they deal with after every show. Spilled drinks, popcorn, candy, etc. It has nothing to do "acoustics". Any hard surface is going to be an echo-chamber, and will be tough to dial in for good sound.

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Go with a Berber-type carpet. They wear well, absorb sound well, and look nice for that type of room. The reason theaters' use "concrete", is because of the mess they deal with after every show. Spilled drinks, popcorn, candy, etc. It has nothing to do "acoustics". Any hard surface is going to be an echo-chamber, and will be tough to dial in for good sound.

The room already has carpet, and is stained from the kids after only a year. She wants a fresh new look, easy to clean up, and I have enough left over from the other rooms in the house that she wanted me to just use it up. If there is going to be a huge difference I may just rent an industrial carpet cleaner or call Dalworth. lol
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The room already has carpet, and is stained from the kids after only a year. She wants a fresh new look, easy to clean up, and I have enough left over from the other rooms in the house that she wanted me to just use it up. If there is going to be a huge difference I may just rent an industrial carpet cleaner or call Dalworth. lol
Any carpet will be better than hard-surface. The mess is another issue...

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My reasoning is that large movie theaters have concrete floors. seats and the carpet walkways. Would I not be in a similar boat, on a smaller scale?


Movie theaters also have quite a few cloth seats to absorb sound, walls are accoustically correct and they usually have lots of bodies in them.

Go carpet or you'll probably regret it.
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U can use a big area rug if she REALLY wants hardwood floor. You can put some sound absorbing art peices on the wall to help. Basiclly just big foam squares and rectangles covered in fabric would work.

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I have looked at the cork floors, and they are pretty cool. It remains to be seen how well they wear, but I like the look and feel of them.

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We have cork in ours and I love it. Just make sure you use some padding underneath (just a very small foam) which gets rid of the hollow sound when you walk. Our room has cork with a big couch and a 4'x6' rug. It's still very slightly live, but looks about 100% better than carpet. With a little bit of wall treatments and bass traps I think it would be nearly perfect (as far as most consumers are concerned).
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I am going with the wood laminate wood floor and foam padding option. I may also do the foam art pieces as suggested. The room is not huge mind you. Something like 12 by 16.
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