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Probably many of you have had to deal with wife acceptance factor in our hifi hobby, so we are very much limited in our freedom to putting up acoustic materials around the house/room.
In this situation, i believe Plants are useful (effective to some extent) for alleviating some acoustic problems (e.g. minimise 1st reflection points, increase dispersion/diffusion, etc) and also for beautifying the listening area.
I have just moved into my new home a few months now.
Would like to learn how you have used plants effectively in your listening area : -
(1) Where did you place the plant, and what problem did it minimise/eliminate ?
(2) What is the name of that plant, or describe briefly the plant, or best please do post photograph(s).
see pic of plant behind speaker/sub. I know, the speaker is too close to the wall, but that's the way the WAF goes. And yes, that's a fake plant, but I will probably suggest the wife can put some real ones in the room. We rearranged some furniture this past weekend, urgghhh.
silk plants work very well. In addition, there is no chance you'll ever damage the adjacent gear by watering them (been there, done that!). If you find a custom maker you can even tailor the characteristics by selecting different material, say for the leaves and such. It may end up looking like no other plant on earth, but can sound pretty good (I like soft fuzzy leaves for absorption).
One obvious benefit is OXYGEN. So many HiFi rooms feel dead because there's not a single plant inside, tubes drive up the heat, the air con is off to not disturb the sound, there's a stale smell, things are dimly lit and visually cluttered or chaotic ...
I have big leafy tress in the house and lots of potted plants, and trees in the corners behind the speakers can certainly act as quasi diffusors. Whether the benefits of plants are primarily psychological in the end, semi acoustic, psychic or other, who cares. One thing is for certain - you gotta feel real comfortable in your listening room to feel compelled to spend quality time in there. To me, comfort means it's decorated nicely (whatever that means to you), the listening chair/coach/sofa is comfortable, the room is alive and vibrant by FEELING and LOOKING good. Then add the sound and presto - a haven or sanctuary to recharge your batteries.
For that, plants are essential to have something ALIVE in there -:)
"Quasi diffusers" should inform you he doesn't think plants function as bass traps, for example.
Two comments - first, several years ago Bound For Sound recommended placing large plants in corners, if potted in large urns. The more leafy the plant the better (ficus or palms?). Marty believed the plant foliage and the large, earth filled pot combined for acoustic benefits.
Second, two years ago at the CES, I spoke with Keith Herron about his use of common house plants to treat his hotel demo room. Keith reported he has often realized sonic benefits from the addition of houseplants, and they look so much better than blocks of foam or egg crates!
It may be i interesting to note that Keith consistently had one of the best
sounding rooms at every show that I've attended over the last six years.
Normal is just a setting on my dryer.
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