TubeTraps Featured in March 2008 Home Theater Magazine
helped Gary Altunian in part two of an article in the Audio Video
Interiors "tear out guide" in Home Theater Magazine, covers
the ASC TubeTrap in detail. The name of the article is "Unlocking
the Best Audio Performance From Your System". We'll post a
direct link when one become available. Meanwhile, here's an excerpt:
"The speakers seemed
to virtually disappear, replaced by a three-dimensional sonic image
of the recording with a soundstage I've only heard on the finest
audio systems. Details I've never heard in some recordings were
suddenly there, as if I were playing a different version of the
same performance. Separation of multiple instruments and vocals
was obvious and stunning. The TubeTraps produced a remarkable difference."
"The TubeTraps are one
of the most significant improvements you can make in your audio
system. Before you spend one dollar more on electronics, speakers,
cables, or disc players, invest in some ASC TubeTraps - you will
ASC's Art Noxon
Featured in February 2008 Home Theater Magazine Article
Noxon recently shared his acoustic expertise with Gary Altunian
for an article in the Audio Video Interiors "tear out guide"
Theater Magazine. The name of the article is "Unlocking
the Best Audio Performance From Your System". Click on the
link below for the full article. Meanwhile, here's an excerpt:
shape, and features of a listening room can have a profound effect
on sound quality, starting with the bass. Based on its dimensions
and shape, every room has resonant modes or standing wave resonances
that either reinforce or attenuate bass frequencies. The most common
malady is boomy or heavy bass. And if the bass isn't right, nothing
sounds good. Room-resonance modes are present in frequencies from
20 hertz up to about 300 Hz, and they first occur when a sound's
wavelength is twice the length of the room.
They also occur at twice,
three times, and four times the first or fundamental frequency.
For example, if a room resonance exists at 48 Hz, a second resonance
will exist at 96 Hz, a third at 144 Hz, and so on. The room's width
and height also create the own room resonances, and where these
resonant frequencies combine, they cause peaks and/or dips in the
bass response. Art Noxon, president of Acoustic Sciences Corporation,
a manufacturer of acoustic treatment products, describes the best
bass as individual pulses followed by quiet, or intersonic silence.
Each bass note should sound distinct; nonetheless, room resonances
tend to blur the bass and make all bass notes sound the same."
trained TubeTrap spotters couldn't help but notice several exhibitors
using ASC TubeTraps to demo their newest gear at the January CES
event. High end gear makers Esoteric and Genesis Advanced Technologies
knew they'd get the best out of their gear by using TubeTraps for
"Bass, that low
boom from your neighbor's stereo, takes a lot of energy to produce.
("Bass waves physically shake the walls," says Arthur
Noxon, president of Acoustic Sciences. "It's like you walk
up to the wall and double your fist up and hit it.") These
low-frequency sound waves are especially hard to combat since they
travel far and wide, bending easily around objects."
Acoustics Used For High End Home Theater
Custom home theater builder Lowell/Edwards
wasn't satisfied with the "dead" acoustics used with typical
stretch fabric home theaters. He called ASC for an acoustic plan
that would keep the room diffusive, yet not out of control. Acoustic
engineer Arthur Noxon came up with an absorption/diffusion system
that made sure all 10 seats in this theater would sound equally
Once it was engineered, ASC's factory
went to work building over one hundred acoustic "building blocks"
to be fitted, wrapped and installed on-site. The end result is nothing
short of amazing. Read the Full
Featured in AIA Talk Given by Arthur Noxon
Mr. Noxon discussed soundproofing STC
ratings and how this industry standard fails to cover low frequency
sound transmission. The talk was presented to a group of industry
professionals, all members of the AIA, for credits toward their
annual quota for continuing education. ASC also hosted a booth at
the Eugene Construction Expo 2007 where we had several hands-on
They were actually more like "ears-on"
demonstrations, as we showed the unique damping features of WallDamp.
This was a side-by-side wall assembly, one with WallDamp, one without.
Participants were invited to tap each assembly with a rubber mallet
to hear the difference, which was dramatic to say the least. One
side sided like a boing, the other like a dull thud. We'll leave
it to you to figure out which was which.
John Acton, on behalf of Positive
Feedback Online, put ASC's TubeTraps through their paces
with an ASC
TubeTrap Review. To quote:
"As far as the sonic performance
of the ASC TubeTraps goes, I won't equivocate—the full ASC
TubeTrap treatment in my room made a bigger improvement in my system's
sound than any component upgrade I've ever made. I noticed the improvement
before I even fired up the stereo. Speaking voices possessed a natural
timbre and effortlessness that I've not experienced in such a small
space. Flutter echo was banished, but the resultant acoustic was
not in any way overly dead or unnatural."
Coffered Ceiling Reviewed in "The Trowel" Magazine
The Trowel is the official Journal
of Record for the BC Wall and Ceiling Association in Canada. They
have taken a keen interest in ASC's Coffered Ceiling as a superior
alternative to suspended acoustic tiles in the March 2007 issue.
Check out the full writeup here.
ASC Wins Runner Up for Electronic
House Home of the Year Awards 2006
This beautiful home theater used our
Ultra soundproofing system to contain the awsome sound
generated by the state-of-the-art gear throughout. Check
it out here.
It looks pretty much the same but we've
redesigned our Acoustic Soffit for a lower price and easier installation.
A new feature is the optional halogen light, which is installed
by ASC to manufacturer specs for fire safety. Check
you are near St. Paul MN, check out Oakdale based Advanced
Home Environments. They are a full service designer and
builder of fine home theater systems. Dan Sederstrom and company
know that quality acoustics can make or break a dream theater project,
so they rely on ASC for custom acoustic fabrication.
New SubTrap Review
Ed Mullen checked out our SubTrap and
gave it a big thumbs up. The ASC SubTrap works as advertised. It
reduces vibration transmission through the floor, improves the frequency
response in the mid and upper bass regions, reduces low frequency
reverberant decay times, and it locates the subwoofer closer to
the height of the main speakers. Not surprisingly, this unique combination
of engineered performance features results in an audible improvement
in the bass quality. Full
writeup is linked here.
October, 2004 -
2004, This Old House decided to include a dedicated home theater
in their featured project. They consulted with Goodwins High End
in Boston, who urged them to specify ASC IsoWall for structural
sound conditioning and soundproofing. The footage made it into an
episode of "Inside This Old House" on the Arts & Entertainment
Stereophile magazine has
reviewed our SubTrap and here are their conclusions:
"The combo of Servo-15 and SubTrap
filled the room with throbbing tuneful bass that moved me, but not
the floorboards or furniture. Ah, yes! Glorious bass without the
Acoustic Sciences Corporation was honored in the 2003
AudioRevolution.com Top 100 Awards for ASC TubeTraps™. Even
with the emergence of many new products in the audio-video world,
TubeTraps are still an indispensable part of any critical listening
AudioRevolution.com publisher Jerry Del Colliano made final rankings,
and ASC TubeTraps were given a #90 spot, as the description credits
TubeTraps to “quickly solve evil acoustic problems in your
room.” TubeTraps are essential components of any critical
listening setup, be it professional recording, music playback, or
“Think we’re kidding,” says AudioRevolution.com,
“try removing them from your room and then do some critical
TubeTraps are available direct from ASC, and come in a variety of
sizes and fabric styles. Contact ASC by calling (800) ASC-TUBE,
or through this website.
To see ASC’s Top 100 ranking, click here.
A full review of TubeTraps is also available on the AudioRevolution.com
website by clicking here.