I am finally going to invest some time in the coming months putting some creative room treatments in my family room, which doubles as a HT and 2-ch listening room. Since it is in the family room, I plan to be highly creative in how I make the room treatments effective, yet impossible to tell that they are room treatments. I have decided that a budget of more than $2k would probably be excessive. Here's my plan, and then my question....
26' x 23' x 11' (l, w, h). The 2 Summit main speakers have their back to the 23' wide wall. That wall also has a Stage center channel on a stand, a 60" plasma and a 110" inch projector screen that drops down in front of the plasma. The stage is below the plasma about 2' of the floor. There are 4 Scripts on the side and back walls. The family room is almost entirely open on one side to the kitchen and the rest of the home. It is also partially open on another side to another room. So a very open, airy room which is probably not a bad thing since standing waves have lots of room to escape.
I will post pictures this weekend.
1. Behind each Summit, place a 2x4' HF absorbing panel
2. Behind the Stage, and above the plasma, place two more 2x4' panels, symetrically, but make these Bass abosrbing panels that also absorb some HF
3. Behind each Script, place a 2x2' HF absorbing panel
4. Place ~ 2 additional 2 x 4' Bass absorbing panels in the room, probably on the back wall
5. Place 2-3 of the decor-friendly room treatment "plants" sold by RealTraps and GIK e.g. Planter Bass Trap, table bass trap etc.
6. ALL panels will be "art" panels. I will either buy the art panels from the manufacturers or I will buy sound transparent speaker cloth and have it printed with interesting art e.g. modern art prints; pictures of my children "modded" into modern art etc.
1. Does the plan sound roughly right?
2. Has anyone ever actually tested or compared the performance of GIK versus RealTrap. By my estimation, the RealTraps are almost double the cost of GIKs. If these were speakers, we would have a hundred reviews that one could use.
Being a new comer to room treatments, my gut tells me that two reputed manufacturers such as GIK and RT must be making roughly similar quality panels. I have read through the web sites of both the manufacturers and am aware of their different assertions, and have read many of the threads on this and other forums
would love your insights