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05/01/2019 Newsletter

What’s New Speaker placement advice that the manual gets wrong! If you have ever purchased a pair of loudspeakers and read the accompanying manual, you have likely encountered misguided advice with regards to speaker placement. The trouble with these manuals is that they approach speaker placement as a one-size-fits-all scenario. Loudspeaker manuals will commonly tell […]

04/01/2019 Newsletter

What’s New Take a virtual tour of one of our completed theaters! Ben Daniels is the owner of The Willows of Marshalltown, an assisted living and memory care facility in Iowa that accommodates 60 residents. Ben, an AV enthusiast, contacted us for our cinema design services. He wanted to create a dedicated cinema space that […]

03/01/2019 Newsletter

What’s New Completed Projects and Case Studies “Black, but not boring” was the aesthetic request we received from our client, M.B., in Kansas City, MO for his home theater. We were consulted for the theater layout, subwoofer placement, AV equipment engineering, acoustic treatment design and calibration. The exposed Auralex diffusers and wood trim really make […]

A Home Theater Acoustic Treatment Layout in North Carolina

Update July 2018 – the Creekside theater was selected as an AVS Home Theater of the Month. Client Profile Mr. Gilman is a home theater enthusiast from North Carolina. Project Overview The project scope involved a complete overhaul of Mr. Gilman’s previous home theater including: Revising the layout Raising the ceiling Building new soffits to […]

WHAT’S HAPPENING ACOUSTIC FRONTIERS? SEP ’17 UPDATE.

What’s New CEDIA EXPO, the industry trade show for residential technology installers, just had it’s 2017 installment in San Diego. Here are our picks from our manufacturer partners that we look forward to using in forthcoming projects. Projectors: Sony released 3 new projectors, with the price of the VPL-VW285ES true 4K projector dropping below $5k! […]

WHAT’S HAPPENING ACOUSTIC FRONTIERS? AUG ’17 UPDATE.

What’s New Our new “lab” is up and running. FKA (Formerly Known As) The Showroom, we felt lab was a better term, because it’s in a constant state of flux and experimentation with new gear, calibration techniques and acoustic treatments. The lab currently features the awesome new JBL Synthesis SCL-3 and SCL-4 in-wall speakers. These […]

What’s Happening Acoustic Frontiers? May ’17 Update.

Hi Everyone, here’s May’s newsletter for your enjoyment! What’s New It’s been a very busy 2017 so far! What’s kept us busy? Helping audiophiles with their room acoustics, designing home theaters for enthusiasts and figuring out what equipment to put in the new Acoustic Frontiers “Lab”. One of our focus areas going forward is the […]

Room acoustic issues 101

The characteristic acoustic regions of rooms Different parts of the frequency spectrum have different room acoustic issues or distortions. Acoustic distortions can be defined as sound quality degrading issues introduced by the interaction of a sound source such as a speaker and the acoustic environment it is placed in. At Acoustic Frontiers we believe there are three […]

Devialet Subwoofer Crossover

At Acoustic Frontiers we recommend that a two channel system always include subwoofers. Not only can you solve many room mode related acoustic challenges using subwoofers, but just handing off the bass from your main speakers to subs has other sonic benefits such as reducing distortion and increasing low frequency extension. The challenge then becomes HOW to […]

Dolby Atmos: Dispersion Requirements for Ceiling Speakers

In this blog article we look at the dispersion requirements for ceiling speakers in a Dolby Atmos system. We consider the example of a system with 4 ceiling speakers and two seating rows and show how dispersion requirements change for: Speakers firing straight down vs. angled at the listening area. Different ceiling heights (9’6″, 8’6″ and 7’6″). […]