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How-To: Cheap Acoustic Panels; Acoustical Engineer Approved

If you’re looking for a way to add sound-deadening panels to your home theater on the cheap, this DIY guide written by an Acoustical Engineer will help you fix up your space without breaking the bank.

Eric Wolfram’s guide over at AcousticsFREQ details the why and where of panel deployment, how to pick the right core and cover material for your panels, and walks you through constructing the actual panels. It’s an interesting read, thanks to Eric’s in-depth knowledge of the subject, even if you’re not planning on rushing out to build the panels this weekend. Hit up the link below for the full guide.

How to Build Your Own Acoustic Panels [AcousticsFREQ via Make]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/12/12

Comments (2)

  1. Marcos

    Should I build a wall completely covered with these panels all stuck close together, or even just a distance of 5cm?


  2. Eric Wolfram


    Sorry I didn’t see your question sooner. For a home theater application I would place the panels to eliminate specular reflections. You can check out my tutorial for an explanation of what these are and how to find them.

    Here’s the link:

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