Structural Elements

What Happens Here:


Development of the Theater’s inner structural elements (e.g. – framing, sound loaded vinyl barrier, decoupling, isolating and gap caulking) as needed to meet/exceed intentions for the room’s sound clarity, sound transmissions, and the removal of external noise and vibration.

Insight:

The walls and ceilings of a room absorb and reflect sound. A sound wave hitting these surfaces sends back a wave form to the room. Your ear receives sound either directly (i.e. – from the loudspeakers) or indirectly (i.e. – off of reflected surfaces). Traditional room structures with a ½-inch layer of gypsum board are not going to stop lower frequency (e.g. – bass to mid-bass) sound waves, just slow it down. This could create an air-borne wave and a structure-borne vibration in the next room. Loudspeakers do not recognize such boundaries. Rooms that open to other rooms (e.g. – as in a great room open to a kitchen, archways, doorways, …) are one large space to a speaker. As a result, this could greatly increase the actual volume and power requirements of your A/V systems. NOTE: We developed the PearlSM assessment service program with these open areas in mind. For a summary of this service visit our website’s PearlSM page – [click here].

The art and science of dedicated theaters includes these measures of quality:

  • Good sound isolation – using the room at anytime day or night,
  • A very low background noise to the room allows for losing none of the soundtrack’s dialogue and subtleties, and
  • Reflecting the desirable sound waves back to the listening area.

Reference:

Computer – generated drawings and project cookbook.