Easy fit on-wall CinemaTech acoustic treatments heighten cinematic immersion

posted on Monday, 10th June 2019 by Steve May

High-end  home cinema  Acoustics 

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Acoustic treatments are a vital component of any home cinema or media room, and can make the difference between a good cinema experience and a truly immersive one. Now Habitech’s latest cinema design initiative is offering integrators access to CinemaTech’s exclusive multi-million dollar technology - the only acoustic wall treatment system that works down to 100 Hz from just 3.175cm of profile depth.

CinemaTech’s Acoustic Room System panels have the advantage of direct-to-the-wall installation, avoiding the need to construct a secondary framework within the room, which saves time, cost and space.

A unique three-step process applies a 3.175cm-deep framework to the wall, fits the panels within, and finishes with acoustically transparent fabric.

The panel system uses a patented reversible acoustic core material. The soft side (insulation) offers excellent high frequency absorption, while the hard side (sheetrock) contributes three factors to the overall design flexibility: low transmission loss to prevent the sound from escaping into other rooms; the right level of high frequency reflection to stop the space from becoming too ‘dead’, thereby improving speech intelligibility, fidelity and clarity; and low frequency absorption through diaphragmatic dampening resulting in the elimination of bass boom.

Operating from 1 kHz up, a third ‘diffuser’ panel comprises a random series of diamond shapes varying in height within the system’s 3.175 cm framework. CinemaTech’s round-edge diffuser produces scattering in both horizontal and vertical planes and is more effective than straight edge designs which can produce a snap flutter at the higher frequencies.

The distributor says integrators can engage with CinemaTech on three levels. Experienced acoustic designers can purchase the panels and track directly, or can choose to partner with Habitech and Cinematech to devise an acoustic plan for the space, specifying panel types and locations for optimum results. At the highest level, project managers can opt for the most detailed acoustic and aesthetic design with the involvement of CinemaTech’s design team.

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Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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