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Thanks (and one quickie on carpets, please... )

Thanks, Jon. I'll definitely apply your thoughts and logic on the SQ&E corner traps issues.

The carpeting quest is becoming really depressing, however. And while I know you previously admonished me that carpeting was not your audio forte, any help here would be appreciated.

Here in New Zealand, any substantial, nicely plush nylon static-free carpet will cost around $7k to $8k, installed with 11mm underlay (padding.) A moderately plush nylon has been wrangled down to $5500, same particulars. Thin/short/tough cut-pile nylon can be had for around $3400-$3800, same particulars, but it really is low-profile and pretty tight to the touch, and not much there. Only the ridiculously expensive stuff seems nicely absorbent, plush and plentiful. Ouch!

Having re-read your original answer a number of times, and done many Google searches, for sonics in a Music Room it all really boils down to how thick the carpet and padding are, and is the carpet static-free. However, in NZ, for some reason it is very, very hard to find any green colored carpets, except in wool (seriously here; I am not joking. Kiwis, apparently, are damned sick of seeing green all around them, and want anything but in their lounges and homes, generally speaking.) And wool carpets here are thin, period. Like the $3400-$3800 nylons mentioned above (although the wools are somewhat dearer, about $4200-4500, same particulars.)

I adore green, and especially green carpet, and find it the most relaxing color imaginable. The only really nice greens (unfortunately) are in the wool carpets, and a few decent greens in the super-expensive American nylons (but not as lovely as the colors available in wool; apparently wools take the dyes much better than nylons do.)

And so here is my query:

If I lay down a pair of nice long strips of thick Sonex (3" H x 16" W x 6-8' L) on the carpet between the speakers and my listening seat, do you think I could maybe get away with a thinner wool carpet (which aren't static-prone, I understand), without having to spring for the super big-buck thick-as-hell nylons? As previously stated, the wools are thin, like the $3400-$3800 nylons, but the colors are simply wonderful! Deep, restful greens in rich tones. Very lovely. Same cut-pile style, same really thin, low profile as the el cheapo nylons. Just a little more expensive, but spectacular colors. Way deeper, richer colors even than the mega-buck nylons (but a few of the expensive American nylons are decent, too.)

If you think it would be significantly deleterious sonically to go with the low profile, low weight carpets, even with the Sonex strips laid down, I'll bite the bullet. But before I do, I'd like to ask what frequency range do you believe would be most effected by a room laid with shorter, less weighty (most likely wool) carpet, versus tall plush cushiony (nylon) carpet?

(I listen exclusively to digital sources, BTW, however that impacts the sonic equation.)

A million thanks, Jon. These are fairly expensive decisions I'll have to live with a LONG time, both visually and sonically, and thus my trepidation and request for any guidance you can afford. I fully understand you don't consider yourself the AA carpet maven, but any input is sorely welcomed and greatly appreciated. Again, many thanks!



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