Home Theater

Primacoustic Acoustical Panels are Paintable

The newly announced Paintable acoustic panels from Primacoustic go beyond the limitations of fabric choices to allow installers to instantly match the decor of any room and provide a reasonably priced acoustical solution that is stylish and more effective than EQ products.

Adding to its residential product line, Primacoustic's new Paintable acoustic panels can be painted onsite or finished with photo art to match the decor of any home interior.
Robert Archer · February 17, 2014

Acoustics is one of the most complex and misunderstood topics in the electronics industry. Over the past 10 years a new wave of equalization products that try to address the effects of placing audio systems in small-room environments have hit the market, but the results these products deliver have been hotly debated.

Taking on the subject with a traditional line of products experts agree is the best way to handle the negative affects of bad room acoustics is the Canadian company Primacoustic. With roots in professional audio, the Vancouver manufacturer has just expanded its product lineup to include the new Paintable acoustic panel. According to Primacoustic, the panels are engineered to allow installers or homeowners to paint them onsite without impacting the performance of the products.

The panels are two-inches thick and constructed with six-pound glass wool that Primacoustic says allows for maximum absorption across the audio spectrum. Each panel is also coated with a micromesh that facilitates painting while maintaining the products’ sound absorption capabilities. Primacoustic also points out the panels feature resin-hardened edges to augment the products’ aesthetic values.

“The primary objection with room acoustics is the limited fabric colors that are available and the construction which some find conflicts with the architectural design. The new Primacoustic Paintables are formulated with a special surface that enables the acoustic panel to be lightly painted without affecting the absorption,” states Steve Dickson, market development manager, Primacoustic. “The homeowner can easily mount panels on their walls and enjoy the same type of experience as if going to real movie theater.”

On job sites dealers can use standard airless spray painters to apply a light coat of matte latex. If homeowners want thicker coatings with a roller, for example, dealers need to advise the client with that type of paint application, high-frequency energy within a room increases and it will attenuate problematic energy in the vocal range of the audio spectrum. For more specialized looks, Primacoustic points out the panels can also be sent to local large-bed ink-jet print shops and treated with images based on .PDF files.

To install the products, dealers should draw vectors outward from the center-channel speaker in a home theater setting to the nearby walls and seating area to control first-order reflections. In total, the company says the panels should be used to cover 15 to 30 percent of the walls, which includes the rear walls to treat room chatter and slap echo.

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  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at robert.archer@emeraldexpo.com

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