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  1. #1
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    Sep 2017
    San Francisco

    My acoustic panel journey

    Hi all,

    I'm still very new to acoustic panels, so I'm having fun experimenting. I noticed that all the Magnolia Design Centers use acoustic panels from a company called Acoustic Geometry. The construction and acoustic properties seemed to be really great. I looked at the price online as well for a "room pack," and it was very reasonable.

    I got the "Room Pack 3" which was $999.

    Here's what $999 of room treatment looks like once unpacked:

    (2) diffusers
    (4) 2'x4' panels
    (6) 2'x2' panels

    I started in my office, which is a small 10x11' room which had a very bad echo when you clap.

    I placed a pair of 2'x2' panels behind each speaker like so:

    I then placed a pair of 2'x4' panels and a pair of 2'x2' panels directly behind me in the corner to stop the slap echo:

    I was pleasantly surprised to see the terrible echo completely disappear. When I clap, it's a nice snap to it. The room acoustics is night and day after the acoustic treatments. I feel like I'm in a recording studio now. These old McIntosh XR50s sound like new speakers. I can't wait to receive the Focal Sopra 1s in a couple of days. :music:

    I didn't stop with my office. I also went to work on my larger system and home theater in the down stairs living room. Due to its very, very odd geometry and angles, the echo wasn't bad at all. I figure applying some room treatment could only make it better.

    Here is what I started with:

    Due to the available space on the walls because of my large 100" screen, I could only fit the diffusers behind where the speakers will go. I was also able to fit a 2'x4' panel on the side wall.

    I don't have my Focal Sopra 2s yet, so I wasn't able to test it. I should receive the Focal Sopra2s in about 10 days, so I will report back in.

    Living room:
    - McIntosh D1100
    - McIntosh MC601 mono blocks
    - Focal Sopra 2
    - McIntosh MCT450
    - Aurender N10

    - McIntosh D1100
    - McIntosh MC452
    - Focal Sopra 1 + Focal Utopia headphones
    - REL T9i subwoofer
    - Aurender N100C

  2. #2
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    Join Date
    Apr 2013

    Re: My acoustic panel journey

    Wow, well done. Looks great too. Love your setups.
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AX Mark II, Job INTegrated.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), Job 250 Monos, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Austin, TX & Suburban Chicago

    Re: My acoustic panel journey

    Nice job. If at all possible be sure and go after the first reflection points in your living room. Great equipment.
    Le Roy

    Austin, Tx : Soulution 520 preamp, 501 mono blocks, 541 SACD/560 DAC w/ Network Streaming, Raidho D3.1, Lumin U1, Uptone Audio Modded Mac Mini w/ MMK fanless kit & JS-2 LPS, Regen, Ansuz Diamond Loom, Oppo 105D, QNAP TS-451+

    Chicagoland : Soulution 725 preamp, 711 stereo amp, 541 SACD/560 DAC w/ Network Streaming, Raidho D5.1, Naim UnitiServe 2TB, Aurender W-20 Ansuz d-tc Loom (complete), Teac X1000 R2R, QNAP TS-451+

    Raidho Rack system, Ansuz DTC Mainz8, Ansuz (2) Mainz D8 Distribution, 20 amp dedicated outlets via subpanel

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    St. Louis, MO, USA

    Re: My acoustic panel journey

    Room treatments do help, I had a positive experience when adding them as well.

    You should notice more bass detail as well as fine detail easier to hear.

    Congrats, on new speakers.
    Aurender ACS10 w/AQ Diamond,
    Mark Levinson #526, Coda Continuum 8 , JBL 4367's
    Clearaudio Performance DC w/Maestro cart
    All Clarus Crimson cabling, AC to binding post. Surgex
    HT: Marantz AV8003, Linn 5125, JBL SAM3ha, Revel s30,
    SVS PC13 Ultra
    Transparent, Analysis Plus & Tributaries. PS Audio filtering
    Sony XBR-75X940D & BDP
    Parasound P5, Coda CSX, Artisan speakers

  5. #5

    Re: My acoustic panel journey

    I have my listening room equipped with Vicoustics and it really took the listening experience to another level.

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    “Life’s too short to listen to bad audio.”

    Big rig: Brinkmann Taurus DD TT + 12.1 arm + Lyra Etna Lambda SL MC + HRS M3X2/ Cardas Clear Beyond phono/ Stillpoints LPI/ Soulution 520 preamp with phono/ Synology NAS with Roon + HD Plex linear PSU + Shunyata HD/ AQ Vodka RJ45 + Aqvox Network Switch SE + AQ Diamond RJ45 into DAC/ Brinkmann Nyquist MK II/ Soulution 511/ Cardas Clear Beyond ICs/ Semi-active Lansche Audio 4.2 LS/ Inakustik Reference LS 4004 AIR/ 2x Audioquest Thunder HD for LS/ Audioquest Niagara 5000/ Shunyata AlphaHC (x2)+Alpha+Alpha Analogue+Alpha Digital/ Finite Elemente Pagode/ Stillpoints Ultra SS.

    Small rig: Naim UnitiServe/ Curious USB/ Tidal/ Linn Klimax DS3/ Shunyata Power cable/ Pass Labs INT-60/ Acoustic Zen Silver Reference II/ HiD Diamond 8/ Harbeth 30.2 40th Anniversary/ Shunyata Venom EU7 & Venom 3 HD.

    HP rig: MacBookAir/ Tidal/ Auralic Gemini 2000/ Sbooster LPSU/ Audeze LCD-2 Classic + WyWires Red/ Shunyata HD/ Shunyata Hydra 2/ Shunyata Venom.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Staten Island, New York

    Re: My acoustic panel journey

    I just watched some of their videos which I really liked unfortunately the price of the home room pack 3 has almost doubled in 3 years. It appears GIK would be the better cost option. As soon as my room is done I’ll check out their free advice.

    Speakers: Von Schweikert VR-5 Anniversary MK II Front L/R, LCR-35 Center, VR-1 Rear L/R Sub: JL Audio F113
    Amps: PS Audio BHK Signature 300 Mono, McIntosh MC207 Preamp: PS Audio BHK Signature and Gold Note PH-10 Phono Stage/PSU-10 Power Supply Turntable: VPI HR-X 12.7 TONEARM (2) and SDS
    Cartridges: Ortofon Cadenza Black, Lyra Helikon Mono Digital Source: Oppo UDP-205 DAC: Bryston BDA-3 Music Server: ​Aurender N100H
    SSP: Marantz AV8801 Cables: Wireworld Electra 7 (P) Wireworld Eclipse 7 (I) Wireworld Eclipse 6 and 7 Biwired (S) Wireworld Platinum Starlight 7 (USB) AC Power Regeneration: PS Audio DirectStream P15 Power Plant and Shunyata Denali 6000s V2.

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