Not the best choice. Acoustic panels are designed for sound treatment. What's the difference? Read next question ;)
While soundproofing prevents sound entering or leaving a space. Sound treatment makes the sound inside a given space sound great.
Do both ;) Soundproofing will allow you to blast your stereo in your living room and not bother your neighbors, while sound treatment will make your stereo sound perfect.
90% of persons that have tried to make a panel for their first time make a quite good one. All of these persons make a great one their second try.
Yes, you just have to follow our recommendations and you can make your own panels in your home. Check out safety tips in each tutorial.
It depends if you have a room assigned for that and in the absorbing material you choose. Rock wool is not a material you want to be working with in your living room every day, since it will end up everywhere.
We recommend an average price, how ever you decide how much your work is worth.
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Polystyrene is an effective reflective material. It does not have high absorption coefficients and is a good choice to diffuse sound and make diffusers.
The absorption coefficient of polystyrene is between 0.3-0.45. If you want extra reflexion, you can paint it with water-based sprays. Click to view graph
Not exactly the same, but for the purpose, they both work fine. None of them has high absorption coefficients. The benefits of polystyrene are that it is cheap, easy to manufacture and lightweight.
You can measure, design and make different diffusers for specific frequencies. However, when designed well, wide frequency range diffusers are as efficient and more flexible. We recommend the Ultrafusor because it uses the best known geometry for frequencies between 565Hz and 6000Hz approximately.
Remember that shape and depth determine the performance and it’s always better to use calculated geometries instead of random diffusing shapes.
Approximately 100€. If you need to make 10 diffusers it would cost you 10€ extra per panel. If we add to this 5€ of material, each panel would cost a total of 15€ per panel, not bad 😎.
You can find all specifications and costs in our free online tutorial ;) Click to check our tutorial
After you have installed your bass traps and your first reflexion absorbent panels. You will always have to do this steps anyway, so it makes since to measure after them to find which acoustic cancellations or reverberations still remain after basic sound treatment has been done. Click to check more acoustic tips
Measuring an empty room will give you a very chaotic reading and will not help you make any decisions.