Suppliers of acoustic panels?

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    Baudrillard

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    Hi

    I'm looking to buy two decent value pairs of (absorbing) panels to help with immediate and primary reflections. They need to be approximately 15'' by 3 feet. Any recommendations for suppliers, please?

    Thanks.
     
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    You know this already but you would get more/better user feedback on a pro-audio/studio owner site like www.soundonsound.com
     
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    I-S Good Evening.... Infidel

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    If you want some cheap, I have available a box of Com4tex AFP75 foam tiles (3" pyramid) going spare. They were bought to fix up a room that then turned out not to have a reflection problem at all...
     
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    You may not notice very much difference with only 15" wide worth of panel. The more area you can cover the more difference you will notice, and you will not be locked in to a really tight listening position.

    I can do some panels very close to that size though, I will PM you about it just so you have the info.

    The cheapest way is just to stick some foam tiles on the wall but this neither looks great nor would be as effective at the lower-mid frequencies as the panels I build.

    You should note too, that concentric Tannoys won't be quite as susceptible to HF side wall reflections as conventional speakers due to the woofer acting as a waveguide. You might notice most difference from the reduction in decay time than the reduction of the specular reflections (not that it probably matters to you why you hear an improvement!).

    Best,
    Simon.
     
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    Returned your PM, Simon

    Its actually Merlin VSMs that I'm looking to tame right now. The tannoys are available to buy if anyone's interested. Really great speakers but I need to free some space up.

    Isaac, I'd be interested in those :)

    Edit thanks for links kmac
     
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    Rockwool RW3 pack. 8 slabs each 1000 x 600 x 50mm total area 4.8 square metres.

    Around £35 from builders merchants. Or Studiospares.

    Cover in some pretty fabric!
     
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    Advanced Acoustics have just had a very good review in Sound on Sound magazine and have sorted out a few commercial radio stations.

    Give Sean a call

    http://www.advancedacoustics-uk.com
     
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    why do you feel you want absorbers, rather than diffusors?
     
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    Because the speaker manufacturer told me directly ;)

    Thanks for your input everyone- certainly enough to go on there- and Isaac gives us a shout.
     
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    Does the speaker manufacturer know what your room is like?

    You said two pairs, one for the side walls and where are the other pair going?
     
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    Both pairs on side walls. One pair at immediate point by speakers.

    The other pair at primary points using a mirror from listening position.
     
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    I'd suggest playing around with them, its not always easy to predict what works best. For example try them across the corners of the room behind the speakers, try them behind your listening position, on the side walls of the listening position etc...
     
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    Thanks T, good advice. I've ordered 6 panels so will have 2 spare to play around with. Have already got the wall behind the speakers curtained.
     
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    What panels did you go for. I was looking at the AdvancedAcoustics Multi-Wave panels which come in packs of 6 for £85 - that should be enough for my small room.
    Anyone use these?
     
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    I was thinking about buying these cos I only need a cheap fix (won't be staying in this space that much longer). There's a shop nearby that sells them.


    But aren't these sound 'insulation' slabs rather than acoustic ones?
     
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    If you're looking for acoustic absorption then rockwool is certainly the stuff. Commercially available acoustic panels are typically made from semi-rigid glass fibre or rockwool with a fabric covering. The absorption qualities of this type of panel are determined by the density of the material, thickness and proximity to room boundaries.

    Perhaps experiment with the cheap stuff before investing in something more finished.
     
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    Yeah, I won't argue with that. Going to the shop tomorrow- they do rockwool in 75mm thickness, too.
     
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    Wear gloves, and old clothes ;)
     
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    You can compare the performance of different thickness and density for different materials here.

    Theoretically a figure of 1.0 means no reflection and total absorption at that frequency.
     
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