Improve your Home Acoustic Environment

Improve your Home Acoustic Environment Today’s home interiors are being designed with hard floor finishes for ease of maintenance and to add a rich décor.  By removing the carpet flooring, there has been an increased the noise levels in our home and reduced the enjoyment of many areas like living rooms and foyers.  Added to this modern homes and lifestyles incorporate many more sound generating activities from watching movies, playing computer games and listening to quality music.  These new lifestyles and the hard surface finishes of our interior spaces are creating unwanted reverberation and an uncomfortable noisy environment wherein many spaces we cannot achieve optimum enjoyment of the activity or are unable to relax in a quiet comfortable space to listen to music. For quality sound, less reverberation and reduced noise levels, acoustic panels need to be installed in today’s homes. In many rooms, they are first installed behind the seating to absorb sound from television or video games.  There are various design options for acoustic treatment in residential spaces.  The acoustic panels can be blended with the wall.  The acoustic panels can have a decorative fabric to add a theme to the area.  Photos can be printed digitally on fabric and you can have your custom photoacoustic panels with a favorite scene, a memorable portrait of an artist photograph you have taken. Acoustic photo art panels can be manufactured in custom sizes to suit the image and room décor.  In addition, as digital printing can be up to 10’wide, they can cover a whole wall when installed using our stretch fabric system.  This stretch fabric system or upholstery wall treatment adds a different dimension to the aesthetics, look and feel of the space. Site installed acoustic treatment which can be installed floor to ceiling and wall to wall offers great flexibility and provide a high level of inconspicuous acoustic treatment.  If photo art panels are not desired for space, elegant fabric in various textures and colour are available. If a living room or space has a high vaulted ceiling, acoustic treatment needs to be strategically placed on the ceiling to control the sound reflections from the hard floor surfaces.  Here like the wall treatment, the acoustic treatment can be designed with acoustic panels which blend, or in creative shaped acoustic panels or as a stretch fabric system to cover over the total area to give a monolithic appearance. Improving the acoustic environment of your interior rooms and achieving quality sound does not have to be uninteresting or commercial looking. Acoustic panels are available in a large selection of decorative fabric textures and colours. They can be manufactured in many various sizes and shapes – square, round, triangular, even in the shape of clouds.  These panels can be installed against the surface or away so that lights can be installed behind the sound absorbing panel.  By installing the panels away from the surface, the acoustic performance is increased and with adding lights an intimate and cozy atmosphere can be created. Today there is a spectrum of creative design possibilities to incorporate acoustic treatment into our living spaces.  Good sound control without echo and unwanted noise is easily attainable so music is heard in the best conditions, computer game sound effects are crisp and clear, and home theater systems are...

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Home Piano Room – Planning for good acoustics

Planning for good acoustic – Home Piano Room or any Music Room A key to what makes a piano room great is the acoustics, as excessive noise reverberation will impair the sound quality. Turning a room into a dedicated piano room involves the consideration of many factors, like the type and use of the piano, the shape and size of the room, the present interior finishes and the aesthetics.  This will apply to any room used for playing musical instruments. To control sound reflection, sound absorbing materials need to be used in appropriate locations while still having areas with sound diffusion.  This will evenly distribute high and mid-range frequencies providing greater clarity and depth of original sound.  In this room, the wall surfaces were all hard.  The floor is hardwood with a centre light carpet area which provides control of sound directly from the piano.   Although, to control the overall room reverberation, high-density sound absorptive acoustic panels are required in order to control the primary sound reflections.  These panels were spaced on the walls allowing for both sound absorption and sound diffusion, thus providing balance in controlling the overall sound of the...

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Home Theatre Acoustic Design

 Home Theatre Acoustic Design   This well designed, attractive and functional home theatre acoustic has elevated the movie experience for the owner.  He spent many hours researching and having a total home theatre design developed to suit his dream room. A variety of different sound control treatments have been used to create the desired home theatre acoustic.  On the ceiling, there are 4’ x 4’ suspended acoustic panels constructed of 2” thick 703 rigid fiberglass with perforated board face and covered in a designer fabric in a dark tone to reduce screen reflection.  On the side walls, there are areas of perforated board over 2” thick 703 rigid fiberglass, untreated gypsum board areas and 2” thick sound absorbing 703 rigid fiberglass insulation.  All this treatment is covered with a soft subdue designer fabric which has been installed using Griptex stretch fabric system to provide a smooth tailored custom finish.  To balance out the acoustics, floor to ceiling bass trap are located in the front and back corners. These bass units are constructed using 703 fiberglass installed behind a rubber liner that has been covered with fabric in a darker tone. This home theatre works well both acoustically and visually. The theatre room is very attractive with fantastic sound quality and the client is very pleased with the results he has been able to obtain with this home theatre acoustic design. *Click on a image below for a larger view   Digital Photo Images Digital photo images offer a new solution by incorporating acoustic treatment inconspicuously for commercial and residential spaces, and are an excellent way to manage and enhance acoustic sound quality in many different kinds of rooms. You can submit your own high quality digital image or selected from an internet image site. Photos are printed on acoustic fabric and carefully placed within well designed acoustic panels.  Contact Us Today For More...

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Home Theatre Room Acoustics

Multi-Purpose Home Theatre Room Acoustics   Home theatre or home entertainment rooms are places where you can relax with family and friends to enjoy both visual and audio entertainment. Depending upon your life style, the room layout, budget and the audio/visual equipment, a variety of different home theatre room acoustics solutions can be designed to meet all levels of room ambience desired. Careful consideration in the placement of the acoustic treatment within your home theatre needs to be planned so that the room is not to alive with reflection or to dead acoustically. Also without appropriate sound control with in the room audio systems can be comprised and not offer optimal clarity in the dialogue, sound effects and bass impact. This home theatre entertainment room with a low ceiling has a large area carpet and acoustic ceiling tiles along both sides of the room. After analyzing the room and the client’s requirements, 2” acoustic panels were designed for both the side and the back walls of the home theatre. Installation consisted of 2” thick rectangular panels interspersed with long triangular panels that consist of two layers of 1” thick acoustic panels covered with a ultra-suede fabric in two colors to provide a clean style. The doors on the side and back wall had glass inserts and a common sense solution was used to provide the needed sound control in the back of the area of the home theatre room and offer a practical cost effective solution. Acoustic panels were manufacture to fit inside the glass area. Depending upon your needs and budget, the acoustic treatment can be designed to complement your desired audio experience and décor theme. These designed acoustic panels will need be located properly in order to provide the required sound control for a clear audio experience. For more information or questions about home theatre room Acoustics or treatment for your home theatre and the quality sound quality it can provide, please feel free to contact...

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