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GIK Acoustics Q7d Diffuser Preview

by December 13, 2010
GIK Q7d Diffuser

GIK Q7d Diffuser

We've always advocated diffusors as part of a healthy well-balanced meal... er, acoustic solution. Diffusion can make or break a room. If you only rely on absorption, you can quickly find yourself in a very "dead" space. Diffusion is a way to scatter sound so that you can achieve a pleasant sound without sacrificing that live experience. It;s often the difference between a good sounding room and a great sounding one. The problem has always been that good diffusion is traditionally expensive. Ity has to be since each diffusor is hand-crafted by leprechauns in an isobaric chamber filled with 100% helium. Well, given the prices you'd think that was the case. On the other hand, anybody can throw together some wood pieces and call it diffusion. Or, they can make them so thin that they’re basically completely ineffective below a few kHz.  Why is good diffusion so expensive? GIK attemptes to answer this with their new Q7d product:

Most manufacturers farm out their diffusion manufacturing to specialty machine shops which drives up the cost dramatically.  It also limits how much control they have over quality.   GIK has invested heavily in high performance manufacturing equipment which allows us to do manufacturing work in-house, thereby drastically reducing the time and cost while maintaining quality control.  The new Q7d is a perfect example of this.

The Q7d is made using high quality wood laminates which are cut using CNC machines which allows for extremely tight and repeatable tolerances for an excellent, repeatable fit and finish at extremely competitive price.

The Q7d is a 7 root well diffusor design that begins scattering at approx 350Hz and offers effective and even diffusion up through 3 kHz. The Q7d offers additional scattering up to the upper limit of approximately 7 kHz.   It is also built to be able to be hung in mirror imaged pairs to cover a larger area without repeating the well pattern to avoid lobing.

The Q7d offers a wide variety of placement options from rear wall, reflection points, or behind dipole/bipole speakers to address specific situations.  It can also be used in more general places to minimize slap echo.

The Q7d looks as good as it performs.  It’s equally at home in a home studio or listening room as it is in a professional studio, editing room  or auditorium – both in terms of looks and performance.  The beautiful blonde wood adds the feeling of warmth and class to any room.

For more information please visit www.gikacoustics.com.

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Clint Deboer was terminated from Audioholics for misconduct on April 4th, 2014. He no longer represents Audioholics in any fashion.

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