When it comes to sonic absorption, every acoustic panel manufacturer touts the same “our products are superior” mission statement. They’ll give you a laundry list of reasons why *their* products are light years beyond the competition… but what they’re not telling you is that there are only two viable core material options that every single manufacturer uses; Owens Corning 703 fiberglass or mineral wool (rock wool). Nobody making acoustic panels has an advanced “secret sauce” that other professional acoustic companies don’t. Essentially, everyone uses the same exact core materials.
On almost a daily basis, we have customers asking about the difference between acoustic panels made from Owens Corning 703 and the panels we make which are made with mineral wool (rock wool). Many of them have visited different acoustic/AV forums and have heard “OC703 purists” saying that nothing works as well as 703/705. However, acoustical lab tests show that even though Owens Corning 703 and 705 are great products, their performance is nearly identical to mineral wool.
This makes sense, because when the thickness, fiber structure, and density of two materials are the same, the sound absorption will be the same too. Beyond that, you’re just being fed buzz words, overly complex performance charts and hype.
Room acoustics describes how sound behaves in a space. If the room has no sound absorbing surfaces (wall, roof and floor), the sound will bounce between the surfaces and and will not be heard accurately. This is because the listener hears both the direct sound and reflected sound waves, simultaneously. This causes “standing waves” in the room which translate to spikes and dips in the overall EQ curve of the speakers. The result is an inaccurate representation of the sound, and typically causes the listener to make poor mix choices.
Make no mistake, our products aren’t just for show, they’re PROFESSIONALLY designed studio grade acoustic panels with an NRC rating of 1.10. All of our panel cores are made of a 3.5 inch thick, non-toxic material called mineral wool (which in most cases, performs better than standard fiberglass cores). When the sound wave penetrates the core, the sound energy through friction is changed into heat. The residual sound that doesn’t get absorbed on the way in bounces off the back wall and then back through the panel a second time for even more sonic absorption.
In the end, what it really comes down to is build quality and aesthetic. Period. The fact is, we don’t skimp when it comes to materials like many of our competitors do. Our panels have weight and durability, and are lovingly hand crafted, one panel at a time. Not only that, our professional acoustic panels double as art & lighting, helping to elevate the experience in the spaces you love spending time in the most.
Just ask any of our clients and customers, and they’ll tell you that our products are some of the best built acoustic products they’ve ever purchased, hands down.
…and sonically speaking, they sound identical to everyone else, because it’s all the same in the middle.
What is the difference between 2″ thick panels and 4″ thick?
Our 2-inch and 4-inch panels perform precisely the same regarding reverb, ringing, reflections, and sounds above 500Hz. If your room is already sonically perfect in the low-end spectrum, you can get by with 2-inch acoustic panels.
However, 99% of the time, you’ll need low-end absorption. 4-inch panels (also known as bass traps) provide four times better control than 2-inch panels at 125Hz.