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»Color of the Year 2020« An Ageless Classic Blue

Trust, hope, peace, and tranquility are properties that are traditionally associated with the colour blue. No great surprise, then, that the Pantone® Color Institute has made a very classic, neutral blue the “Colour of the Year 2020”. After all, our life feels considerably more turbulent than a decade ago: Megatrends such as digitisation, along with political and social upheaval around the world, are contributing to a general longing for harmony and security. 

The calm, appealing, and confidence-inspiring deep blue colour of the year 2020 “lends itself to relaxed interaction. Associated with the return of another day, this universal favorite is comfortably embraced” says Pantone, explaining the choice of the colour that is expected to shape fashion and beauty as well as interior design and the design of electrical and electronic devices worldwide for the next twelve months. At Akustikstoff.com the colour of the year is available as “Navy Blue”.

When it comes to loudspeakers, “Navy Blue” spontaneously brings to mind JBL’s classic 43xx and 44xx studio monitors. These treasured vintage speakers still have a firm place in many studios and we have recently supplied the speaker fabric for countless refurbishment projects all over the world – evidence to suggest that blue speaker fronts will see a renaissance in loudspeaker manufacturing in 2020. 

Navy Blue, a particularly calm, balancing, and attractive hue, is a good choice for interior design purposes as well: It can be combined with black and white as well as with silver, gold, and numerous organic brown hues. 

Acoustic Cloth in Navy Blue is available as Standard speaker cloth (colour code 38), as water-repellent and stain-resistant Acoustic Cloth 2.0 (colour code 138), and as non-flammable Acoustic Cloth FR (colour code 238), which is particularly suitable for projects in public spaces.

Spray Adhesive as a Problem Solver

Many hifi enthusiasts have developed a great passion for the DIY refurbishment of vintage speaker cabinets. An update of the speaker grille with new Acoustic Cloth is one of the key elements in most of these projects, but it’s not always the easiest task. 

The JBL* LX55, for instance, a popular speaker among experts that is sold at increasingly high prices today, has a plastic frame with a relatively small edge to which the original speaker cloth is attached to. Moreover, the slot between the frame and the cabinet is extremely narrow. This construction makes it impossible to staple the speaker fabric to the frame (the method of choice with wooden frames) or to use of hook fastener tape instead. 

This is where our special spray adhesive comes into play. The adjustable nozzle of the container ensures convenient and economical application of the adhesive without any scattered spray mist and the high immediate adhesion of the adhesive provides for the easy and precise mounting of our sound-transparent fabric on such frames. It’s the perfect solution whenever you want to make speakers with plastic frames look like new.

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»Your adhesive is really good for mounting fabrics. Very easy to use, no spill, and good adhesion. I used it for my JBL LX55 speakers with your grey cloth (colour code 14). I also refurbished a pair of Bose* 601 series 1 speakers with your beige fabric this year and I am perfectly happy with the result«, wrote Emmanuel D. from Digoin in France as he proudly sent us some photos of his speaker refurbishment projects. 

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*All brand names are registered trademarks of their respective owners and are not in any way associated with Akustikstoff.com. 

Simply Great: Individual Speaker Cloth Pre-Cuts

Speaker cloth laser pre cuts by Akustikstoff.com.

Quiz question: What does our boss present in this photo? A new, even more sound-transparent speaker fabric? Nice try, but not even close! Such grids remain when we produce individual pre-cuts of our speaker cloth.
Manufacturers of consumer electronics, AV furniture, vehicle components, and even slot machines are increasingly relying on such laser-cut pieces of our speaker fabrics produced exactly to provided standard CAD data.
As required MOQs are extremely small and lead times are next to none, Akustikstoff.com pre-cuts are also worth thinking about for companies that only produce very short production runs: Any tedious – and in most cases little precise – cutting of the fabric on the shop floor is eliminated, the pre-cuts can be processed immediately. On request, we can even “engrave” the speaker fabric, for example with a product name or a company logo.

Speaker cloth pre-cuts by Akustikstoff.com

Acoustic Cloth 2.0 for Italian High-end Sound Studio

»The Spheres« is a recording studio and events space in Pescara-Montesilvano (Italy) on the Adriatic coast, offering state of the art audio and video equipment as well as an active concert calendar. Without doubt, the studio, which also offers mixing and mastering services along with outstanding recording opportunities, can be considered one of the finest recording studios in northern Italy and even beyond – especially for classical, jazz, and world music. It is available to all labels, engineers, projects, and artists who want to benefit from the extraordinarily high levels of acoustic and technical standards that characterize the studio throughout.

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The studio was designed principally for acoustic music, but is versatile and welcomes all genres. It was rapidly constructed inside an adapted warehouse between November 2016 and May 2017. Planning and acoustic design was by producer, sound engineer, and studio owner John Anderson. The classical pianist, who runs the record label Odradek Records, holds two performance degrees from the Accademia Musicale Pescarese and a degree in musicology from the University of Oxford. 

Having had a look at samples of our Acoustic Cloth 2.0, John decided to use this stain-resistant, liquid-repellent, and B2 fire-rated fabric for the numerous wall and absorber covering purposes in the recording rooms and the control room of his studio. Altogether, 160 square metres of Acoustic Cloth 2.0 and 250 metres of our adhesive hook fastener tape were used in the construction of »The Spheres«.

Main room of

The main room offers 135 square metres of space and a diffuse sound field that is achieved with eight 2D QRD »Skywalker Sound« replica movable diffusors/gobos, and a further 144 2D QRD »BBC style« diffusors mounted on the walls. Every corner has a wedge bass trap from floor to ceiling, a column of 115kg per cubic meter dense rock wool covered with Acoustic Cloth 2.0, which help control the room’s bass build-up and modal distribution. The dropped ceiling is sound absorbent. The floating walls are insulated and isolated via rubber decouplers from the structural walls behind. The result is a silent, world class lively ambience with no boomy bass build-up confusion and silky-smooth highs with no harsh flutter echoes.

Control room of

The control room features 48 square meters with four-metre ceilings and has a separated machine room. It is a Tom Hidley »non-environment room«-inspired design with vertical and horizontal wave guides angled to capture incoming sound from their opposite side monitor. Sound is trapped by eight cm of dense rockwool behind. Unabsorbed energy is directed away from engineer’s listening position to create a reflection free space, ensuring accurate monitoring. The waveguides are completely covered by Acoustic Cloth 2.0 for an elegant finish.

Vocal booth of

If you want to get a more detailed impression of the construction process as well as the finished studio, have a look at their amazing construction book and visit the studio’s website.

Drum booth of

Play it Safe With Acoustic Cloth FR

We raise the bar for sound-transparent fabric again: Our new Acoustic Cloth FR is non-flammable and will fulfil the dreams of many architects, interior designers, stand builders, and PA techs.

It’s a speaker cloth the world has been waiting for: Flame-retardant, easy to work with and elastic, with excellent acoustic and aesthetic properties,  available off the shelf in numerous attractive colors. Our newly developed Acoustic Cloth FR makes the world of sound-transparent fabrics significantly better.

Akustikstoff FR ist nach NFP 92502 als nichtbrennbar (M1) zertifiziert.The renowned French test institute FCBA has certified Acoustic Cloth FR to be nonflammable according to the European standard EN 13773-1 as well as to the much more demanding French standard NFP 92503 M1. It puts an end to a notorious problem that bothered architects, interior architects, PA and event technicians day by day: So far, applicable fire protection regulations and the use of visually attractive, sound-transparent fabric in publicly accessible buildings didn’t go well together.  Sound-transparent, visually appealing speaker fabrics  are usually made of flammable plastic fibres. But building codes and other regulations—as well as technical guidelines that are part of many contracts—require fabrics to be certified at least fire retardant (FR)  according to EN 13773-1.

For the first time ever, this dilemma can be considered solved. Our non-combustible Acoustic Cloth FR combines optimal preventive fire protection and outstanding acoustic properties and is available in 42 different colours right off the shelf with no lead time. The nonflammable (M1) speaker cloth exceeds the fire retardancy requirements that are part of most tenders. According to the FCBA test results, it’s about as combustible as plasterboard.

Whether used as speaker fabric or in decorative applications that require acoustically transparent fabric: Acoustic Cloth FR enables optimum fire protection without compromising on sound transparency in architecture and interior design as well as in exhibition booth building, stage building, shop construction, advertising technology, and at exhibitions, concerts, and events—and last but not least in the entire catering sector.

Acoustic Cloth 2.0 – Dustproof? Oh Yes!

It all started with an enquiry from Nevada: A customer wanted to know whether our acoustic fabric would be dustproof enough to protect a couple of Bose F1 Arrays from exposure to dust during this year’s Burning Man festival. Good question. We didn’t have any  empirical data, as we’d usually focus on sound permeability and translucence (or rather the opposite) in the development of our speaker fabrics. But the question piqued our curiosity and we wanted to come up with a proper solution. We decided to use superfine flour as an imitation of the dust in Black Rock Desert. Not the worst idea: Marc-Antoine from Nevada replied that “superfine wheat flour is a good approximation of Burning Man’s dust.”

Our DIY test setup for dustproofness test of Acoustic Cloth 2.0 from Akustikstoff.comThe core of our test setup consisted of a piece of our stain-resistant and water-repellent Acoustic Cloth 2.0, an empty cardboard box, and  a DIY “flour cannon” made of a cardboard roll core and several bits and pieces. We pointed the “cannon” to the speaker cloth at a distance of about 20 cm. Dried pressurised air at about 80 psi from our workshop was used to propel the flour towards the fabric. The measured air speed (and, consequently, the exit velocity of the flour) at a distance of about 10 cm from the cardboard tube was 27 knots (which equals 50 km/h or wind force 6). Not bad, eh?

We wasted the first pack of flour to find that one layer of fabric isn’t sufficient in our view. We weren’t happy with the amount of flour that went through. So we modified the setup and attached two layers of fabric. The distance between the two layers was about 1.5 inches and the frame with the first layer was slightly tilted to prevent the flour particles from building up between the two layers and instead simply drop to the ground. Admittedly a somewhat shaky impromptu installation that wouldn’t meet the requirements for whatever ISO certification, but good enough for our purposes.

dustproofness of Acoustic Cloth 2.0 from Akustikstoff.com proven with a testThe result of this second round made us happy, as there were only very few particles still going through the two layers of speaker fabric. We found just a little dust on the ground of the box, after we’d propelled another full pack of flour towards the front of the construction and finally cleaned both with an air nozzle before opening the box.

We’ve uploaded a video of this test on Youtube, so why not have 90 seconds of fun, watch this bonkers and weird dustproofness test, and judge for yourself.

Leading the Colour Trend 2018: Speaker Cloth in Lavender

Akustikstoff in Perlviolett: Die Farbe des Jahres 2018 als Lautsprecherstoff - Acoustic Fabric in Lavender from Akustikstoff.com: The colour of the year 2018 available as speaker fabric

The “Color of the Year 2018″ is a dramatic violet that expresses originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking.

The blue-based “Pantone™ Ultra Violet” already played a predominant role on the major catwalks around the world during this season’s fall fashion shows. As in previous years, it will certainly not be long before the “color of the year” will be the prevailing design color in consumer electronics, shop and trade fair construction, and interior design.

Ready for next year’s colour hype with Acoustic Cloth in Lavender

Our colour  »Lavender« makes the colour trend of the coming year available in the field of ​​high-quality, acoustically transparent speaker fabrics. The colour, available  as standard Speaker Cloth (colour code 37) and as Acoustic Cloth 2.0 (colour code 137), sets awesome highlights wherever a trendy color is required in addition to excellent acoustic and technical properties. Lavender is even available as PA-Type Speaker Fabric (colour code 737). This extra-strong  fabric, reinforced with a unique top layer, has been specially designed for PA speakers, amps and combos.

Expert design tip: Lavender appears particularly lush and classy when combined with colours from our Metallic Line, especially with Gold, Rose Gold, Copper, and Brass, while it develops a pleasantly modest, natural elegance with dark natural shades such as Wine, Sandstone, Artichoke or Butterscotch. Best try it out yourself with our sample sets.

New: Transparent Spray Adhesive for Acoustic Cloth

Transparenter Sprühkleber - transparent spray adhesiveSpray adhesive is very popular with many of our customers, especially with the professionals, because it offers a quick and convenient method of fastening our speaker cloth.  Have a look at our our video tutorial on Youtube to see how it’s done.

Most adhesives are somewhat yellowish due to their composition, which sets certain limits to the bonding of speaker fabric on the visible sides of workpieces. Our new high-quality spray adhesive is completely transparent and provides excellent adhesion. It is virtually invisible, which is great when it comes to fastening speaker cloth directly on sound-absorbing styrofoam, such as Basotect, for instance.

The spray glue is now available in our online shop.

Great Metallic Lustre, 9 Colours: Metallic Line Extended!

Akustikstoff.com Metallic Line speaker cloth comes in nine great coloursA speaker cover that matches the trendy rose gold of the iPhone? Why not! What might have been a dream for some of us has now become possible. We have extended the Metallic Line of our Acoustic Cloth with another five amazingly authentic, shiny colours. The truly unique speaker fabric now comes in nine highly attractive metallic hues. In addition to classics such as gold, silver, and copper, there’s speaker cloth in gorgeous steel blue, enormously authentic antique bronze, and brightly shining aluminium, among others.

Akustikstoff.com Metallic Line speaker cloth closeupMetallic Line acoustic fabric opens up completely new possibilities for loudspeaker, absorber, and studio design. The acoustically transparent, Oecotex-certified fabric also comes in particularly handy as a decorative fabric wherever a sophisticated and stylish metallic lustre is required—in interior design, fair stand construction, and shipbuilding, for instance.

Best visit the online shop for an overview or, even better, order a set of sample swatches immediately!

B&O Beolab 8000 Speakers Looking Like New Again

Beolab8000-with-akustikstoff-acoustic-clothThe Beolab 8000 from Bang&Olufsen an iconic example of elegant styling and good performance . It was one of the most successful B&O loudspeakers ever, remaining in the range for 18 years without any major change. Many music and home theatre lovers still hold the Beolab 8000 in the highest regard and consider it a purchase for life—no wonder in view of the whopping £2940 you had to cough up per piece in 2010 , which was the last year of production.

 

But as the saying goes, nothing is perfect. In the case of the Beolab 8000, the delicate speaker grill cloth was a definite downside. It didn’t take long and the speaker fabric looked much older than it actually was, which compromised the design (and reduced the value) of the speakers considerably.

 

refurbishment-of-beolab8000-with-akustikstoff-acoustic-fabricLuckily, it is quite easy and inexpensive to return the speaker front to its former glory. Our standard acoustic cloth does a perfect job on the Beolab 8000. Even better, the readily available 42 colours of Akustikstoff.com speaker fabric provide the opportunity to achieve a totally new, individual visual appearance and adapt them to your personal taste in a very unique way.

 

 

 

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Speaker refurbishment of B&O Beolab 8000 with black Akustikstoff.com acoustic speaker cloth.

Introducing Metallic Line Acoustic Cloth

Metallic Line Akustikstoff - metallic speaker fabricHotter and even more value for money: We’re proudly presenting our new Metallic Line Acoustic Cloth. The new fabric replaces our old “Metal Line” speaker cloth and is readily available in four great colours: Gold, Silver, Copper, and Brass. More colour options will follow suit.

The new speaker grille cloth is made of 100% polyester. Thanks to  an improved production processes, we were able to change the material composition. The new Metallic Line fabrics are made of 100% polyester. This means that our entire product range is now certified according to the German “Oekotex-Standard”, the most valuable eco-seal for textiles and clothing. It will remain our well-kept secret, however, how we achieve the further improved metallic shine.

Even better: The new speaker fabric is even more reasonably priced. The new production process made it possible to produce the speaker grille fabric at a width of 164 centimetres, but  we didn’t change the price per metre. In other words: more value for money per square metre!

Why not have a look at the new products instantly? 

Speaker Cloth in Another 12 Crisp and Luscious Colours!

The new 2017 colours from Akustikstoff.comWe have extended the range of available colours for our speaker fabrics again! The new colour variants include timeless classics that go especially well with natural materials as well as the latest trend colours—among them the Colour of the Year 2017, which is now available in our online shop as “Green Tea” (colour code 40 / 140). This means that this year’s most snazzy colour is now readily available as a high-grade acoustic fabric for loudspeakers, soundboards, door pods, absorbers and diffusors and much more. It is also the perfect match whenever shop fittings or trade fair booths require an acoustically transparent fabric.

All new colours are available for our standard acoustic cloth as well as for our water-repellent, flame-retardant and stain-resistant Acoustic Cloth 2.0.

42: The answer to life, the universe, and colours 
Our Acoustic Cloth and Acoustic Cloth 2.0 are now available in 42 various colours – immediately from stock, as handy pre-cuts as well as by the metre from the roll. You can be sure to find speaker fabric in the ideal colour for every purpose and taste .

Why not visit our shop right away and be inspired by the stunning variety of colours?

Wall Unit With Value Added

Mit Metal-Line-Akustikstoff von Akustikstoff.com zum Phonomöbel aufgewerteter SchrankKurt Büchler used our acoustically transparent Metal Line Speaker Cloth with its elegant metallic shine for a pretty smart DIY solution to turn his living room cabinet into a highly attractive phono wall unit.

The speakers are nicely hidden behind the silver speaker fabric, the cabinet appears much more elegant and has turned into a piece of true phono furniture that suits the room well and provides value added.

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