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Old 10-23-2013, 04:29 PM
 
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I'm not even sure that's what I want, but maybe one of you will have some ideas.

My study is coffered and the ceilings are around 11ft tall. I have hardwoods (first floor). I finally had to cave in and add a small rug because when I work from home, I sound like I'm in a concert hall to anyone that has to enjoy my voice on a TC.

The small rug helped somewhat, but I'm thinking I'd like to find some sort of acoustic panels... perhaps even something that looks like art... or... something I could add to the back of some pieces of art.

I have a few pieces I've been considering and my son has some paintings of his that I love because they're quite good and because I'm sentimental.

Anyone have any experience in the acoustic arts?
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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Locally, you could try calling Audio Advice (great audio/HT store). I know they have experience with acoustic treatments.

You could also consider giving GIK Acoustics a call. Online company that specializes in room acoustics and treatment. I have some of their corner absorbers, they work well. In particular, you could look at their custom art panels, and I think they accommodate specific art requests.
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Morrisville, NC
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What kind of room(s) are you talking about here?

Probably the easiest and cheapest is take some old carpet and staple it on the underside of any tables and hard chairs in the room. Restaurants have been doing this trick for years and it helps. Unless they took it out, 42nd St Oyster Bar had done this.

You can also do panels that have a fabric stretched over them. It uses a plastic track that retains the fabric and insulation or a board called homasote goes behind it. With homasote, you can use it as a bulletin board.
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:09 AM
 
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Default hmm

I wonder if its the carpet of the padding under it that does the job?
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:22 AM
 
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Acoustic panels are very easy to make, and will be a lot less expensive than having them made for you. I've built a few home theaters in my houses so I've had the experience. You make a frame, put in some rigid fiberglass, and wrap with an acoustically transparent fabric of choice. Rigid fiberglass is pretty neat. Put your ear up to it, and your ear will feel like it's full of water, because it absorbs sounds very well.


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Old 10-25-2013, 09:33 AM
 
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Yeah I made my own panels for my theater. For fabric I used flat fitted sheets from Wal-Mart. Cheaper than fabric at a fabric store. Rigid fiber is the easiest way to go, but I used compressed R30 insulation from lowes. Cheaper and you can get it in town. You can't really use it for anything under 4" thick though or you get a bulge in the center. Works wonders for big bass traps though!
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:53 AM
 
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Oh my! I sense a project! I believe I shall enlist my minions... er.... children. They are all old enough.

Thanks!
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:48 PM
 
Location: RTP area, NC
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My study is coffered and the ceilings are around 11ft tall. I have hardwoods (first floor). I finally had to cave in and add a small rug because when I work from home, I sound like I'm in a concert hall to anyone that has to enjoy my voice on a TC.

Anyone have any experience in the acoustic arts?
I wonder if you also want to consider the technology used to teleconference.

Are you using a speakerphone on the phone itself? If so, you might consider a headset.

And with headsets, some headsets are better than others at picking up the sound of your voice versus ambient room sound.
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:58 PM
 
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I wonder if you also want to consider the technology used to teleconference.

Are you using a speakerphone on the phone itself? If so, you might consider a headset.

And with headsets, some headsets are better than others at picking up the sound of your voice versus ambient room sound.
Yeah... I thought about that. But, this is also an issue when I'm just sitting in the room talking to another person.

I do have a good headset. It helps when I can stand to use it.
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Old 10-27-2013, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Cary
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ARS acoustic treatments. CinemaTech, Inc. - Acoustic Room System Products

Audio Advice was mentioned above. They do installations.
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