Acoustic Panels?

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  1. drobbins

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    I would like to add some acoustic treatments to my HT. Is there a place that sells inexpensive ones? If not, I will make my own. Where can I get some rigid fiberglass insulation? I was thinking of attaching it to plywood and wrapping fabric over it. What do you think?
     
  2. Brad E

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    Every place I looked wanted an arm and a leg for them.

    You need to track down some Owens corning 703. I had a hard time finding it in Calgary. Best thing to do is pull out the yellow pages and start calling.
    Cost me $190.00 CDN for one bundle.(12 pieces 2'x4'). Less than most people want for one panel!!

    Then I bought 3 4x8 sheets of 1/4" mdf and cut them in strips 2' wide. Perfect match for the 2'x4' fiberglass.
    Wrapped mine in black cloth and stapled to the back.

    Whole process took about 4 hours. I bought a pneumatic stapler to do the job and I highly recommend you do as well.
     
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    Make sure you don't get a blackout cloth or anything that will reflect the sound.
     
  4. Andrew Stoakley

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    Canadian paper products maker Cascades makes an accoustic panel board called "Sonopan" that come in 4'x8' sheets. It's easy to cut and make whatever size you want or need.

    It's available in Canada from Rona stores.

    Cheers,
    Andrew
     
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    Sonopan is used for soundproofing a room, not for sound treatment inside the room.
    It could be used, but would not be as effective as high density fiberglass.
     
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    For $150 or so I was able to make 6 2ft x 4ft panels roughly 2in thick. That included peg board, wood for the frames, 3" thick fibergass insulation, poly batting, breathable cloth and construction items such as electric stapler (awesome! well worth it) and staples/glue. The project took a day, but since everything was going to be covered with cloth and batting in the end wood cuts didn't need to be exact and it was simple and fun. Placed in the room the panels look, and perform, excellent. I don't think you'll find a cheaper pre-built equivalent and you have the option of covering them in any material you want to match your room. I was too lazy to look for the Owens Corning hard fiberglass, regular 'ol fiberglass insulation worked fine. Gook luck!
    Nat
     

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