Every week we receive a considerable number of emails that go like “I’ve seen a photo of this and that piece of furniture on your blog. What is the colour of the acoustic fabric?” If you’re about to drop us a similar email, please hang on for a sec and read the following lines first.
As we know where the photos come from (we have many customers who send us photos of their pieces of work and are happy to see them featured on our blog), it’s easy for us to answer such questions precisely. However, the answer could be pretty useless anyway.
The problem is that the screen reproduction of colours in RGB colour mode can (and in most cases, especially with Windows computers and budget monitors, does) differ considerably from the actual colours of the objects in a photo, Unless your screen is set to a white point of D65 and precisely calibrated with a colorimeter, certain colour aberrations are virtually inevitable. On top of that, lighting conditions and individual camera settings have noticeable additional impact on how colours are reproduced in a photo.
This means that if you only use a photo to choose the colour for your piece of our Acoustic Cloth, what you get may not be what you’ve seen and expected. Sure we accept returns in most cases and are happy to exchange them for another colour. But it will delay your project, you’ll have to cover the postage if you return an order, have to bring it to the next post office and so on.
Why not avoid all the hassle by ordering a sample set? It will provide you with an absolutely reliable way to find the right colour for your project if go for anything else than black or white. They are about postcard size, so they also give a good impression of how the fabric appears as a larger surface.
Don’t get us wrong: The reason behind this blogpost is not to increase the turnover from sample sets. Okay, we charge a couple quid for them, but if you consider the material costs (the production of 100 sample sets requires a whopping 90 square metres of speaker fabric) plus the time-consuming work of putting the sets together, you’ll find that we don’t make any money from samples. We rather subsidise them to offer our customers a reliable and convenient way of finding the right colour.