Acoustic treatments for walls and ceilings

Posted by: Henry66

Acoustic treatments for walls and ceilings - 12/17/10 06:11 PM

I tried searching the forums but I don't think I searched for the correct words. Found some discussions about DIY panels and stuff. I would prefer to buy something ready made or Ikea-style assembly.

Reverting to Google I found a few specialist sellers like:
ATS Acoustics
Acoustimac
Ready Acoustics

Any other ideas? Aesthetics for high WAF is important.
I will need about 12 to 15 panels measuring 2x4ft.

Also drawing a blank on the ceiling options. I have a huge 23x21 ft flat ceiling made of sheetrock.
Posted by: Jc

Re: Acoustic treatments for walls and ceilings - 12/17/10 06:32 PM

Hi Henry66,
May be AudiMute would have what you are looking for . . . http://www.audimutesoundproofing.com/

We have some identical components : Axiom speakers, OPPO BDP-93 and the Pioneer VSX-1120-K. I'm using the VSX 1120-K as a preamp processor with my Axiom A1400-8 amplifier. Do you power your M80s with your Pioneer ?
Posted by: CatBrat

Re: Acoustic treatments for walls and ceilings - 12/17/10 07:24 PM

I'd like to copy what a local AV store has done. They made their own. The next time I go back there, I'm going to be taking some pictures and asking about the construction. Sizewise, they were about 2 foot wide by 3 foot high, but you could make them any size you want. they stood out from the wall for a couple of inches. There was a smaller frame attaching them to the wall. There were 2 windings of rope lights wound around the inner frame where you couldn't see them without straining. They were on a dimmer switch. The effect was much more pleasant that sconce lighting. They were filled with some sort of sound absorbing material, then covered in a material that matched the wall. Burgundy, or red.
Posted by: Henry66

Re: Acoustic treatments for walls and ceilings - 12/17/10 08:06 PM

Hi JC,

Thanks for the AudiMute tip, I will check them out. Although ATS Acoustic seems the most economical so far, I am not sure if it will pass the WAF test.

Originally Posted By: Jc
We have some identical components : Axiom speakers, OPPO BDP-93 and the Pioneer VSX-1120-K. I'm using the VSX 1120-K as a preamp processor with my Axiom A1400-8 amplifier. Do you power your M80s with your Pioneer?
Hey, cool. Yes I am powering my M80s with the Pioneer. Officially the VSX-1120-K is not rated for 4 ohms, but it has never had the slightest problem driving the Axioms very loud. If I one day get a full set of 5.1 or 7.1 speakers then maybe I will add a power amplifier.
Posted by: Pitbull24

Re: Acoustic treatments for walls and ceilings - 12/18/10 10:15 AM

Henry,

Not sure what your budget is, but I had excellent results from the addition of my GIK Accoustics treatments.
Posted by: SirQuack

Re: Acoustic treatments for walls and ceilings - 12/20/10 11:16 AM

yep I think GIK would be a good choice, unless you want to make your own, which is even cheaper.
Posted by: davidsch

Re: Acoustic treatments for walls and ceilings - 12/20/10 01:00 PM

Originally Posted By: sirquack
yep I think GIK would be a good choice, unless you want to make your own, which is even cheaper.


I have GIK Tri-Traps and ATS panels and I would say that the build quality on the ATS panels is superior to GIK. ATS seems to have better prices as well. Just my $0.02.
Posted by: Henry66

Re: Acoustic treatments for walls and ceilings - 12/20/10 01:52 PM

Thanks everyone. I am going to order a couple of ATS panels to try them out and get a feel for how they look and how to mount them.

Has anyone here done any ceiling acoustic treatments? I think that is my biggest problem.
Posted by: SBrown

Re: Acoustic treatments for walls and ceilings - 12/21/10 05:36 PM

I ordered a couple of ATS panels, they should be here tomorro. I am going to order some more as well, just wanted to see how they are.

I have to cool it abit before the wifey gets too mad.I just got M80, VP150, QS8, QS4 and Sherwood Newcasle 772. Anyway, I will let you know how they are.
Posted by: jakewash

Re: Acoustic treatments for walls and ceilings - 12/21/10 06:54 PM

AS in you just received those speakers? Pics?
Posted by: SirQuack

Re: Acoustic treatments for walls and ceilings - 12/21/10 08:44 PM

Yep, I built all my panels myself, using ceiling and wall FRZ's (first reflection zone) panels, and corner bass traps from ceiling to floor.
Posted by: SBrown

Re: Acoustic treatments for walls and ceilings - 01/07/11 01:41 PM

I just wanted to say I received my panels from both ATS Acoustics and some from GIK Acoustics.


The panels from GIK are more expensive but much better quality. they make them with a "dead zone" in the back not just a wood panel like ATS.You can also order ATS without the wood backing (open backed) but are not available in 2"panels.

Also the GIK's are made with Owens Corning 703 and not with mineral wool like ATS and feel way more absorbent.

I will be sticking with GIK for the rest of my panels, much better product IMO.


Shawn
Posted by: Henry66

Re: Acoustic treatments for walls and ceilings - 01/07/11 02:49 PM

Thanks Shawn, that is exactly the kind of information I am looking for.
Posted by: nickbuol

Re: Acoustic treatments for walls and ceilings - 01/07/11 09:36 PM

I've seen (and heard) Sirquack's theater setup. The panels are nice and the sound he has is really great!
Posted by: ponch0069

Re: Acoustic treatments for walls and ceilings - 01/07/11 11:22 PM

Sirquack,

Where did you buy the brackets for the your QS8 surrounds??
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: Acoustic treatments for walls and ceilings - 01/07/11 11:41 PM

Menards
Posted by: SBrown

Re: Acoustic treatments for walls and ceilings - 01/08/11 03:33 AM

No problem bud, I found I didn't have to turn it up as load also in testings.

The tests were when the "ol lady" came running in....."turn that down" grin
Posted by: ponch0069

Re: Acoustic treatments for walls and ceilings - 01/08/11 03:38 AM

I live in El Paso, TX so its going to be hard to get to a Menards but grew up in IN so I will be able to get someone to mail me a pair. How much do they cost?