Brand-new company RealTraps (New Milford, Conn.) has introduced a line of acoustic treatment based on wood panel-membrane absorbers. Pricing starts at less than $3,000 per room.
The centerpiece is a pair of broadband bass traps that greatly reduce low-frequency standing waves. They also feature angled front panels that serve as diffusers to minimize flutter echoes and ringing. The bass traps are complemented by absorbers based on rigid Fiberglas that tame midrange and high frequencies.
All traps are offered in two different heights. Models LB7 and HB7 are 2x71/2 feet (WxH), and together absorb the entire bass range starting below 20 Hz. Models LB6 and HB6 are six feet high and operate down to 24 Hz.
According to RealTraps co-owner Ethan Winer, "We see a real need for proper acoustic treatment. Large recording studios have the resources to hire acoustic consultants and carpenters to design and build custom bass traps for them. Others cover their walls with foam rubber, believing that's good enough. But foam has very little effect at low frequencies, and you don't want your rooms to be totally dead.
"Adding proper acoustic treatment to a recording or listening room will probably do more to improve audio quality than anything else you can buy. Video-editing suites, home theaters, churches and auditoriums will also benefit greatly from RealTraps."
Complete information is available at www.realtraps.com, including a detailed explanation of room acoustics and the issues involved in treating common problems.