How to Design a Music Lover's Perfect Apartment

How to Design a Music Lover's Perfect Apartment

June 14, 2018 | Music

Whether you are a musician or an audiophile, the room dictates what the music will sound like.

Seasoned players can quickly ascertain the aural challenges of any venue, and they will adjust their equipment accordingly. While great musicians can utilize rapidly dialed in solutions to overcome echoey or thuddy rooms, what can you do to make sure your new apartment is music friendly?

And the same rules should be followed no matter where you live. It could be an apartment in Cincinnati, Ohio or a penthouse in New York City — either way, if you want your music to sound great, here’s how to get started.

Scope It Out

First, listen to the space before you move any furniture into it. Remember, any empty space can sound cavernous, but if there is a lot of bouncing high end noise, that will need to be addressed. Next, note how many softer surfaces are in the unit. If your apartment-to-be has hardwood and tile floors and a higher plastered ceiling without any original wood fixtures, you are going to have to do some work.

Sound Solutions

If you are moving into a tough and metallic sound environment, you’ll need to soften it up. Think cloth curtains and carpeting. These textures and soft additions will absorb sound rather than bouncing it across the room and off the ceiling.

Now, move your furniture in and do another test. Still hearing apartment echoes and a lot of high end? If so, think about some cloth wall hangings or partitions if they can be tastefully used. Also, consider using cork panels on the walls to mute the effects of a harsh sound environment.

Your Sound System

Of course, if you want to enjoy your music through headphones only, you don’t need to care about a room’s sound quality. And if you’re a Bluetooth speaker person and you place your device close enough, you may get by. If, however, you have audiophile quality speakers, you are going to have to think about proper placement and room acoustics.

Solid State v.Tubes

Good professional guitar players swear by tube amplifiers as they confirm time after time that there is nothing like the warmth that old-school vacuum tubes provide. Even though these home tune amp systems can cost $200 to $500 or more, the sound will amaze you, and a great tube amp system can help if you have a sound-challenged apartment space. While a cheaper solid-state circuit board based amp can sound OK, it just won’t be the same.

The Times They Are A-Changin’

In the 70s, your parents and their friends couldn’t wait to get a good turntable, big speakers and a nice sound system that could make cassettes or even eight-track tapes sound good. With the arrival of CDs--and now their departure as streaming replaces almost everything except vinyl--you have a lot of sound choices. Again, use headphones if you don’t want any hassle. If you do want to fill your new apartment with a wash of high-quality sound, include the proper materials to correct construction defects, and if you really want to go for it, get a tube amplifier.

Here are a couple turntable options if you’re looking to up your sound system game:

Crosley C6 Turntable

Available in three colors: Gloss Red, Gloss Black, Matte Walnut, the C6 is great for that minimalistic look, but sounds amazing and is easy on the wallet.

Crosley C100 Turntable 

If you're more of an old-school DJ-style turntable kinda person, the C100 is a great option because you can upgrade components as your vinyl collection and discerning ear grows.  There's also a Direct Drive version of this turntable in black.  


Crosley C20 Turntable

Thought Crosley wasn't serious about quality turntables?  Think again.  The C20 features all of the high-end stuff audiophiles are looking for and looks waaaaayyyyyy more expensive than it is.  Cha-ching!


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