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How to Optimize Acoustics at Home

By Dwell @dwell
You've shelled out for a top-of-the line sound system or sleek, modern speakers, but are you getting the best listening experience at home? If you haven't thought about how your furnishings affect the way sound travels in a space, possibly not. Bill Bush, principal acoustics engineer at Sonos, offers seven easy fixes that will optimize your listening experience. View Slideshow Slideshow Small details add to the overall design.

The first piece of advice from Bill Bush, the principal acoustics engineer at Sonos, is to get rid of your coffee table.

"A coffee table is one of the worst listening-room acoustic wreckers you can add," he says. "In its place, try a padded ottoman. Heavily padded furniture provides acoustic absorption to make the room less 'ringy.'"

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