Primeacoustic has introduced Paintables, a line of professional grade acoustical panels for optimizing the acoustics of indoor spaces that can be painted to match the surrounding aesthetics. They will be on display at the InfoComm 2012 show in Las Vegas, booth C9623.
Available in two sizes 24 x 24 inches (60 cm x 60 cm) and 24 x 48 inches (60 cm x 120 cm), Primacoustic Paintables panels are made from 2-inch thick high density 6-pound glass wool for even absorption across the audio listening range.
The front face and edges are encapsulated in a fiberglass mesh and the panel is then finished in a white paintable latex.
The panels are tested to meet stringent class-1/A requirements for safe use in commercial buildings.
Primacoustic product specialist Jay Porter states, “We’ve been experiencing an increased interest in acoustical treatment for commercial spaces, particularly for houses of worship, boardrooms, auditoriums, conference rooms and theaters. The most informed architects and designers understand that acoustics are critical to the success of a space but there are sometimes concerns with how the acoustical panels will affect the look of a room - particularly if considerable care has already been taken with respect to the décor.”
“The solution was to make the acoustical treatments part of the room architecture. These panels can be painted to match an existing room color or painted all different colors and integrated as elements of the design. That’s the great thing about these panels. Look at them as blank canvasses and customize to suit. Any latex based paint may be used.”
Paintables offer a contoured frequency response that is effective with both voice and music. Porter explains: “Recent advances in acoustics have proven that taking too much of the natural ambiance out of the room can leave it sounding flat and listless. If you look at a waterfall response of a typical room, you will notice that the high end energy drops off much more rapidly than the mid range and low end. Absorbing all the high end may be appropriate for the recording studio, but in rooms where sound is used for performance or playback, these environments can sound quite stark.
“By facing the panels with a pebbled latex finish, we have managed to increase some of the reflectivity in the upper end while actually enhancing low frequency absorption. This not only sounds more realistic, it also happens to follow the natural curvature of the human voice.”