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XTZ Sound Room Analyzer II Pro Measurement Kit Review

XTZ's Room Analyzer II Pro is the complete package for speaker and room measurements. Read on to see how it performs and compares to the

XTZ Sound Room Analyzer II Pro Measurement Kit Review
MartinLogan Perfect Bass Kit (PBK) Subwoofer Calibration System Review

Review: MartinLogan's PBK Subwoofer Measurement System (virtually identical to Paradigm's PBK), we cover every facet of the subwoofer

MartinLogan Perfect Bass Kit (PBK) Subwoofer Calibration System Review
GIK Acoustics FlexRange Technology Preview

GiK's new FlexRange technology increases the low-end absorption of their panels while reducing the high end. Do you want this? You do if you

GIK Acoustics FlexRange Technology Preview

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XTZ Sound Room Analyzer II Pro Measurement Kit Review

XTZ Sound Room Analyzer II Pro Measurement Kit Review

With kits like XTZ’s Room Analyzer II Pro, it’s easier than ever before for consumers to analyze the acoustics of their room and make the needed adjustments. While the main draw with this kit is the automatic room analyzer and ability to simulate PEQs, there is a suite of other features built in as well, like an RTA and speaker-alignment function. Ultimately, if you are looking for a way to gain more insight into how your speakers interact with your room and what to do to fix any issues, the XTZ Sound Room Analyzer II Pro kit is probably the easiest method out there.

XTZ's Room Analyzer II Pro is the complete package for speaker and room measurements. Read on to see how it performs and compares to the competition.

— March 31, 2014 09:00 in Acoustical Product Reviews

MartinLogan Perfect Bass Kit (PBK) Subwoofer Calibration System Review

MartinLogan Perfect Bass Kit (PBK) Subwoofer Calibration System Review

There are three general methods used, in this order, to achieve improved bass response in a room: proper subwoofer placement, passive room treatments, and active room correction. MartinLogan’s Perfect Bass Kit, or PBK, tackles the last option, active room correction. While nearly every new AV receiver and processor comes with some sort of automatic room correction system, the quality of said systems is usually severely lacking. For only $100, MartinLogan’s PBK offers an extremely affordable method of achieving high quality active room correction. That’s the idea anyway. Keep reading to see how, and how well, the system works.

Review: MartinLogan's PBK Subwoofer Measurement System (virtually identical to Paradigm's PBK), we cover every facet of the subwoofer measurement system. Get great bass, read this review!

— February 04, 2014 08:00 in Acoustical Product Reviews

GIK Acoustics FlexRange Technology Preview

GIK Acoustics FlexRange Technology Preview

GiK's new FlexRange technology increases the low-end absorption of their panels while reducing the high end. Do you want this? You do if you have a small room and don't want it to sound overly dead or if you already have a lot of absorption and want to increase it without overly dampening the high frequencies. Either way, at a $15 price bump over the standard 244 and Monster Bass Traps, it isn't exactly going to blow your budget. We can see the new FlexRange panels becoming a staple in both DIY and professional installations.

GiK's new FlexRange technology increases the low-end absorption of their panels while reducing the high end. Do you want this? You do if you have a small room and don't want it to sound overly dead.

— November 19, 2013 08:45 in Acoustical Product Reviews

Dirac Releases "Dirac Live" Room Correction Suite

Dirac Releases "Dirac Live" Room Correction Suite

If you use a computer as the main source in your home theater or stereo system, then listen up. Dirac has released a new room correction system called “Dirac Live” and it’s aimed at everyone seeking the best performance possible out of a computer. By actively monitoring and correcting audio it accounts for time domain and frequency response issues. But, with a cost of $849 plus a microphone we think it is going to be a niche product.

If you use a computer or HTPC as your main source in your home theater or stereo system, then listen up. Dirac has a new room correction software-based system called "Dirac Live" and it's aimed at you

— December 26, 2012 06:10 in Acoustical Product Reviews

Auralex Sheetblok-AF Sound Isolation Barrier Preview

Auralex Sheetblok-AF Sound Isolation Barrier Preview

Sheetblok is a dense, limp-mass vinyl material that is made to be rolled out and installed on a wall, ceiling, or floor to stop sound from being transmitted through the wall. It can be installed on a wall and painted as the finishing layer, rather than sandwiched between drywall. Auralex claims that it is 6dB more effective than solid lead at stopping the transmission of sound. And that is good to hear, because I was planning on encasing my next home theater in solid lead blocks, but now I don’t have to. Sheetblok is supposed to be used in a multi-layered construction so it can help decouple the wall from the rest of the structure. There are a number of solutions on the market that can be installed during construction to stop sound transmission, but few than go on after the wall is already up.

Sheetblok is a dense, limp-mass vinyl material that is made to be rolled out and installed on a wall, ceiling, or floor to stop sound from being transmitted to other areas.

— October 06, 2012 10:15 in Acoustical Product Reviews

XTZ Room Analyzer II Standard & Pro Acoustic Measurement System Preview

XTZ Room Analyzer II  Standard & Pro Acoustic Measurement System Preview

Acoustic Frontiers has released an Acoustical Measurement system called XTZ Room Analyzer II that is said to be easy to use and it comes in two flavors, Standard and Pro. XTZ contains both the hardware (microphone, soundcard, cabling) and the software required to calibrate your home theater. There are four pieces of functionality that XTZ Room Analyzer provides that is used to complete a system calibration: SPL, Delay, RTA and Frequency Response. This system interfaces with your A/V receiver and external equalization to help you dial in the best response for a better home theater experience. The graphic interface looks pretty cool and the price for these two systems seems quite reasonable.

The XTZ Room Analyzer II Acoustical Analyzing package comes complete with microphone and software to analyze your room response to interface with an external EQ to fine tune your system performance.

— December 02, 2011 11:30 in Acoustical Product Reviews

Auralex SonoLite 1" Absorption Panel Review

Auralex SonoLite 1" Absorption Panel Review

Auralex introduced their new 2' x 2' x 1" SonoLite fabric wrapped absorption panels at the most recent NAMM show. From our tests, they proved their new SonoLite panels offers the performance and aesthetics you need when fine tuning the acoustics of your theater room. SonoLite is easy to install and it addresses the issues of excessive flutter echo which may arise in a theater room where there is a great deal of parallel hard surface areas (wood floor and drywall ceiling). Best of all, SonoLite is a tool-less solution which doesn’t require any fancy tucking of fabric into pre-installed mounting tracks. Simply apply an adhesive and place them in the problem areas and you’re done. If you find your home theater system to be fatiguing over extended listening sessions, consider evaluating and addressing your room acoustics issues before spending hard earned dollars on upgrading equipment (or even worse, cables). For less money than a cable tweak, Auralex Sonolite ($30 per panel) provides a real solution to potentially transpose your listening experience from good to excellent. Highly recommended.

Auralex SonoLite 1" fabric wrapped absorption panels provide the performance and aesthetics an audiophile is seeking in a cost effective package that is easy to install.

— October 28, 2011 12:50 in Acoustical Product Reviews

Auralex HD Cinema Series Panels Preview

Auralex HD Cinema Series Panels Preview

We've covered Auralex Acoustics a bunch in the past and they've always impressed us as a premier innovator in sound control solutions. At CEDIA, in addition to their new Sustain Bamboo Diffusors, they also showed off their new HD Cinema Series line of acoustical panels. The new panels are specifically designed to cater to the audiophile and home theater market through the use of a variety of shapes and sizes that should have a wide appeal to those looking to tame room acoustics and achieve better sound reproduction. We saw them in person and they are really attractive and present an almost limitless way to increase both the aesthetics and room acoustics of a room.

Auralex Acoustics has always impressed us as a premier innovator in sound control solutions. At CEDIA they also showed off their new HD Cinema Series line of acoustical panels

— September 10, 2011 10:57 in Acoustical Product Reviews

Auralex Acoustics Sustain Bamboo Diffusors Preview

Auralex Acoustics Sustain Bamboo Diffusors Preview

I've started to become a fan of bamboo. The inexpensive and eco-friendly material has started showing up all over - in furniture, flooring and more... I'm waiting for someone to make bamboo accessories for my car. Anyway, Auralex Acoustics is jumping in feet first and has offered its new Sustain Bamboo Sound Diffusor Series. The new system is made from 100% "eco-friendly" bamboo (as opposed to the non-eco-friendly kind, we guess). I can't help but think that once we use enough of these new products we'll end up back at plastic, which doesn't go extinct or run out...

Auralex Acoustics is jumping in feet first and has offered its new Sustain Bamboo Sound Diffusor Series. The new system is made from 100% "eco-friendly" bamboo which is actually perfect for diffusion

— September 08, 2011 07:10 in Acoustical Product Reviews

GIK GridFusor Diffusion Tile First Look

GIK GridFusor Diffusion Tile First Look

GIK introduces their new GridFusor Diffusion Tile for home theaters. Room treatments may not be as sexy a topic as speakers or projectors, it is no less important. Bringing you affordable room treatments has been GiK's mission for years. Their new Gridfusors diffusion panels look to add to their already impressive lineup. While the Gridfusors may be designed with drop ceilings in mind, they can be used in nearly any application. For those that have plenty of absorption but are still suffering imaging problems, these should be a no brainer. We're sure these will start flying off the shelves at the $50 a pop price.

The new GiK Gridfusors diffusion panels add diffusion panels to their already impressive lineup of absorption products.

— February 03, 2011 04:05 in Acoustical Product Reviews

Auralex SubDude HD Review

Auralex SubDude HD Review

The Auralex SubDude HD is a platform for your subwoofer. Why would you want it? Well, a subwoofer, as you may know, generates a lot of vibration due to the fact that it puts out low frequencies and has a larger driver than most speakers. Well, these vibrations move into your floor and reduce the actual efficiency of the sub. After all, if it's expending energy into moving your furniture around the room, its not putting all of its energy potential into making sound waves. Plus it can just be a nuisance - as anyone who has experienced dishes rattling in their cupboards during a bass-heavy scene can testify.

The Auralex SubDude HD is a platform for your subwoofer that maximizes output. A sub generates a lot of vibration since it puts out low frequencies and has a larger driver than most speakers

— October 05, 2010 08:50 in Acoustical Product Reviews

Typhonics SP-Tiles Room Treatment First Look

Typhonics SP-Tiles Room Treatment First Look

You may have seen the Typhonics SP-Tiles. They are the acoustical foam room treatments in the shape of speakers. Not exactly appealing to your better half? Well we've got some suggestions on that front. For a mere $54 a pop, you can use double-sided tape to stick these to your wall. They suggest both in front and behind your listening position. We're guessing your spouse will suggest a placement somewhere closer to the curb.

You may have seen the Typhonics SP-Tiles. They are the acoustical foam room treatments in the shape of speakers. We're guessing your spouse will suggest a placement somewhere close to the curb.

— June 23, 2010 04:05 in Acoustical Product Reviews

GIK Acoustics Screen Panel

GIK Acoustics Screen Panel

GiK Acoustics is introducing their new Screen Panel. This free-standing absorption panel is perfect for those that need moveable panels. GiK has been one of the most popular online dealers of room acoustics for their quality products at no-nonsense pricing. They've consistently met and exceeded their customer's needs by providing products that they often didn't even know that they needed. Once again they are doing the same with the introduction of their new Screen Panel. Obviously designed for a studio setting, we think there are more than one Audioholic that would be interested.

GiK Acoustics is introducing their new Screen Panel. This free-standing absorption panel is perfect for those that need moveable panels.

— July 02, 2009 01:45 in Acoustical Product Reviews

SVS AS-EQ1 Sub EQ

SVS AS-EQ1 Sub EQ

For a very reasonable (in this category) $799 (currently $699 on preorder) the AS-EQ1 sub EQ is SVS's new standalone room correction system. A joint venture with Audyssey Labs, a name that is becoming synonymous with room correction, the AS-EQ1 offers computer interface, dual subs, and some very interesting aesthetics. For those that want an easy to use room correction system, the AS-EQ1 is just what the doctor ordered. It's built to work with existing technology without overriding anything, it is easy to setup and maintain, and it lets you know exactly what it did via pretty graphs.

The AS-EQ1 sub EQ is SVS's new standalone room correction system. A joint venture with Audyssey Labs, the AS-EQ1 offers computer interface, dual subs, and some very interesting aesthetics.

— May 12, 2009 09:15 in Acoustical Product Reviews