The Latest News on Acoustic Speaker Cloth – and Us

Month: September 2020

Goodbye UK :(

Unfortunately, a hard Brexit becomes more and more likely. This means, among other things, that trade between EU countries and the UK will most likely be subject to WTO terms from 1 January 2021.

As sorry as we are for our many British friends, we’ll only be able to supply business customers in the UK in this case, because exports under WTO terms involve a considerable amount of extra work and additional costs, for example for customs declarations. On top of this, there are additional cost risks in cases when a shipment can’t be delivered or is not collected from the customs. That’s why we generally don’t serve private customers outside the EU.

However, we are still intensively looking for a distribution partner in the UK to supply both private and business customers. After all, even British business customers will no longer be able to order directly in our online shop after a hard Brexit. As is the case with all other countries outside the EU, we’ll only only be able to offer and deliver EXW PIA to all UK business customers. Further information on these conditions is available in the FAQ in our online shop: https://www.akustikstoff.com/FAQ:_:1010.html?language=en

By the way, we already had to deactivate our product listings on amazon.co.uk . In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Amazon currently grants customers very long return periods. This means that in the very likely event of a hard Brexit we’d run into additional hassle with HM Revenue and Customs . We’ve decided that we neither can nor want to bear this risk.

A Living Room for Perfect Listening Pleasure

It doesn’t happen too often that people decide to optimize the acoustics of their living room. But true audiophiles are of a special breed. Marcel from Almere in the Netherlands is one of them.

Marcel and his wife designed the room interior and commissioned Mutrox, a renowned Dutch acoustics specialist and studio builder, to develop and deliver the required acoustically active elements.

The main goal was to acoustically optimise the room while retaining the look and feel like a living room. The second and more demanding aim was to provide the opportunity to adjust the reverberation of the room, in this way giving the residents the opportunity to fine-tune the room acoustics at their discretion whenever they like.

Marcel and his wife finally opted for the use of false walls, acoustic curtains, and an acoustically active suspended ceiling. While the suspended ceiling is fixed due to the limited height of the room, the side walls and the front wall are made of various movable boxes that contain acoustically active elements such as absorbers and panel resonators.

Absorbers behind acoustic cloth from Akustikstoff.com

These boxes, as well as the suspended ceiling, are covered with acoustic cloth from Akustikstoff.com

suspended ceiling with absorber covered with acoustic cloth from Akustikstoff.com

Individual wall sections were also clad with strategically placed strips of wood, which meet the aesthetic criteria of the residents and also work as diffusors. »They render more ambience to the room. We find wood a great product to work with, it has character and it benefits the sound«, explains Marcel.

Acoustic cloth from Akustikstoff.com and wooden diffusors in living room

With a base reverberation of 0.41 seconds and a rather natural decay as well as with an almost linear frequency response with a slight dip around 55 Hz and a peak around 130Hz, the optimised living room boasts next to neutral audio reproduction with great balance, focus, and range of audibility. It perfectly suits the requirements for high-quality audio reproduction.

Acoustic cloth from Akustikstoff.com on living room walls

»It was a lot of work and we did it all ourselves. After all, the effort paid off: The room looks cosy and it’s nice to be in there«, says Marcel. »We are satisfied with the fabric. It was great to work with, has a fine-meshed structure, and, as you can see in the pictures, it looks fantastic when installed. I highly recommend it.«

living room with acoustic cloth from Akustikstoff.com