Vicoustic Innovative Acoustic Solutions.
It’s a fact of life that no room is acoustically ideal, and the room is arguably the most influential part of your sound system. Poor acoustics can detract substantially from the delivery of good sound, making it unbalanced – sometimes too much treble, sometimes too much bass. Echo from hard surfaces is a primary cause of problems, so a primary approach of acoustic treatments is to break up those hard surfaces with a mixture of absorbing and reflecting panels.
Every room has its own character, and arriving at the correct types of surface treatment and the correct positioning of them has always been a bit of a challenge. Short of employing a qualified acoustic engineer to measure the room, test it with various frequencies and prescribe the paneling you’ll need, most of us would be just guessing.
Egg cartons on the walls might do for an impoverished garage band, but acoustic treatment in modern homes needs to have higher aspirations in a décor sense. This has been a difficulty – but from now on all that is going to change.
Vicoustic is unleashing an incredible range of panels with a range of forms functions and finishes. You’ll be able to choose the appearance that suits your room, be it plain beige fabric on a flat or slightly curved panel, or warm timber-toned panels with grooves, perforations or square sections.
To make it even better, Vicoustic offer a specification service through their experts in Europe, via the internet. We send them the dimensions and layout of your room, noting all the features like windows, doors, ceiling height, furniture and so on. They run this through their computer-modelling and come up with a CAD drawing of the room with the recommended paneling configuration in the finishes you want.
Cost is also taken care of, since Vicoustic panels are the best priced offering we have seen in all our years in the business. Ultimate costs will be a factor of room size and how many panels you need, but in terms of price per square metre, their products are the best value we have seen, from around $90/m2.
Around these pages you’ll see some pictures of the variety of panels on offer. There’s also a bass trap model, the Vari Bass, which telescopes in or out to change the bass frequency being absorbed – many rooms have a 40Hz peak, but this will vary, so a tunable trap is a clever idea. Another clever idea is the facings used over the foam panels. Whether made from wood veneer or specially coloured polyurethane tiles, these give a range of decorator finishes while dressing up the foam to a high standard and avoiding the inevitable colour change that undressed foam would suffer.
For rooms where appearances are not as critical, such as home studio, rumpus, gym, or even a theatre, the Pulsar Panel can be arranged in various geometric forms, with the ribbing organized to add interest to the visual setting while keeping echo to a minimum.