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Auralex Acoustics Introduces Fire-Rated Wood Acoustical Treatments

Auralex SpaceArray

Auralex Acoustics Inc. announced that its SpaceArray and SpaceCoupler, from the company’s pArtScience product line, passed the requirements of a Class-B fire-rating. The SpaceArray and SpaceCoupler are unique in the industry for wood acoustical treatments.

Auralex’s SpaceArray and SpaceCoupler have successfully passed testing in accordance with ASTM E84, a standard test for surface burning characteristics of building materials. The test calculates both “smoke develop” and “flame spread.” Additionally, the SpaceArray has recently passed acoustical testing in accordance with ISO 17497-1, a standard test method for sound scattering and sound scattering coefficients. The SpaceCoupler is still undergoing final acoustical testing.

Auralex SpaceCoupler

Designed by Russ Berger for Auralex Acoustics, the SpaceArray combines hemispherical acoustical diffusion with a top quality wood finish. Based on a quasi-random series that provides superior performance without visual patterning, the SpaceArray is recommended for control rooms, auditoriums, performance venues, listening rooms, home theaters and worship spaces. Strong and lightweight, the 24×24-inch solid paulownia wood panels promise easy installation and can be used in a variety of placement options, including T-bar grids.

The SpaceCoupler, also designed by Russ Berger for Auralex Acoustics, optimizes acoustical environments for a wide range of performance and recording styles. By providing an acoustical boundary interaction between loosely coupled spaces, the SpaceCoupler generates a low-level reverberant tail to create a full, well-developed sound, even in small-footprint spaces.

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