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GIK Acoustics 244 Absorption Panel Review

by March 25, 2006
GIK Acoustics 244 Absorption Panels

GIK Acoustics 244 Absorption Panels

  • Product Name: 244 Absorption Panel
  • Manufacturer: GIK Acoustics
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: March 25, 2006 18:00
  • MSRP: $ 59.99
  • Dimensions: 24” W x 48” H x 5-3/4” D 
  • Weight: 25- lbs per panel
  • Frame: Pine wood
  • Absorptive material: 8-lbs Mineral Wool
  • Fabric Cover: Heavy duty canvas

Pros

  • Price
  • Excellent absorption properties
  • Easy to install
  • Excellent customer service and support
  • Certified by Riverbank Acoustical Laboratories

Cons

  • Visible seam on top and bottom of panel

 

GIK Acoustics 244 Absorption Panel Introduction

As Audioholics, our pursuit of audio perfection seems never ending. We are always on the lookout for that next piece of gear that will improve our system. Many of us will spend our budgets dry and drive our significant others to the brink of the funny farm in this continuing journey. With all of this madness, however, the one area many of us overlook that can have significant impact in our system is room acoustics.

It may well be that the reason we overlook the importance of adding room treatment is that we find spending a lot of cash on something that just hangs on the wall is pretty boring. I mean, an acoustical wall panel has no flashing lights or twisty knobs to play with.
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Many of us will finally give in and commit a small amount of our well-earned audiophile budget to a do-it-yourself acoustical wall panel project. We search the Internet for countless hours trying to find the perfect low cost recipe for our DIY panels. With material list in hand, our first stop is the hardware store. Our next stop is the fabric store. I don't know how you feel about entering a fabric store, but I feel as though I should be wearing a Groucho Marx mask to hide my identity when I enter one of these places.

With all materials in hand, we head out into the garage and assemble our panels. Many that have decent carpentry skills and patience will end up with pretty respectable looking panels. Others will find their projects in the woodpile. What if we told you that you could now purchase high performance acoustical panels for about the same price or lower than the DIY project? Hard to believe, isn't it? Read on.

About the author:

RLA Home Theater and Hi-Fi began as a hobby and has expanded into a business. Ray took his love of music and movies and turned it into his personal business to bring movie theater sound and quality into the homes of his customers. Ray brought great knowledge and expertise to us from a custom installer/integrator's perspective.

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