I've seen heavy curtains on many an audio store, and as the space in my living room could easily look ok with some heavy curtains behind the speakers, I'm wondering how well this idea would work. Anyone ever tried it?
Agreed, on the value of Acoustic Fields' youtube channel, long time subscriber. And very much agreed on the value of nonparallel surfaces.There is a YouTube channel called Acoustic Fields. Although they are an acoustic design company their info is excellent and they discuss all aspects of acoustic design and results. I think they did an episode on drapes...
Having designed a couple of imperfect studios for myself, I learned that the foundation of design is architecture. You can make a room better but not "right" without a correct room to start with. In design books there are golden ratios of w/h/length required. There are no easy fixes for an "incorrect" room shell and they increase in cost significantly if the room is not right. When I built my first studio I was lucky enough to get some help from Frank Comantale (sp?) who designed the original Hit Factory. One thing he told me was that a good room uses diffusion and splayed walls before absorption..he said a rule of thumb was a one inch per foot slant horizontally to the walls.
I think all audiophiles would benefit from a copy of F.Alton Everest's Acoustic Techniques for Home and Studio. It's easy to understand and is a great primer.
The drapes might help or not...my instincts say the heavier the fabric and deeper the folds the better...definitely check out that channel...it's really very informative. Good luck in your endeavors!