Auralex® SonoLite™ Panels
Pair of fabric-wrapped sound-absorbing foam panels (Tan)
Our take on the Auralex® SonoLite™ Panels by Crutchfield's Steve Kindig
Hear your speakers, not your room
Over the past 25 years I've lived in three different houses, and one thing they all had in common was a dedicated listening room. Although those rooms had different shapes and sizes, in each case I was able to improve the performance of my audio system by putting acoustic panels on the walls to reduce sound reflections. If I were setting up a listening room or home theater today, I'd be looking at Auralex's SonoLite foam panels. They're much less bulky than the panels I've tried, and they're a heck of a lot better looking.
Whether your audio setup includes a pair of stereo speakers or studio monitors, or a surround sound system, you want instruments to sound lifelike and vocals to sound clear. Unfortunately, the sound produced by your speakers gets bounced off your room's walls and other surfaces, and these reflections and echoes can muddy the sound, especially in the mid and high frequencies. Auralex's SonoLite acoustic foam panels absorb around 80% of the sound energy that strikes them, reducing reflections and restoring clarity to music and movie dialogue.
Great for a listening room, studio, or home theater
Each SonoLite panel is a 2-foot-square, 1-1/2"-thick slab of Auralex's Studiofoam® Pro wrapped in thin velour. These panels are an attractive, low-cost option for sound enhancement in a listening room, home theater, or home studio. They're also a smart choice for churches, restaurants, clubs, and other public venues that require Class A fire-rated acoustic treatment.
Taking the measure of a sound absorber
These SonoLite panels carry an overall NRC rating of .80. NRC (Noise Reduction Coefficient) is the most common spec listed with sound absorbing products, and represents the amount of energy absorbed when sound strikes a surface. An NRC of 0 indicates 100% reflection, while an NRC of 1.0 indicates 100% absorption. For more information on sound absorption, plus panel placement tips, check out our room acoustics article.
- two melamine-free acoustic foam panels with velour fabric wrap
- each panel measures 24"W x 24"H x 1-1/2"
- reduces reflected sounds and echoes by absorbing mid and high frequencies
- overall NRC of .90 (absorbs 90% of the sound that strikes the panel)
- velour fabric wrap provides a more finished look than conventional acoustic foam
- Class A fire rating (Class A indicates that the product's "flame spread" and "smoke developed" ratings fall below certain thresholds)
- installs easily on finished walls with supplied EZ-Stick Tabs without causing any damage or visible blemishes when removed
- warranty: 60 days
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- 2 Acoustical absorption panels
- 8 EZ-Stick Pro tabs
- Installation Tips/Guidelines
Effective and subtle. Functions great and blends really well (tan).
Anonymous, Seattle, WA
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Acoustical Absorption Panel: The Auralex SonoLite is a fabric-wrapped StudioFoam Pro acoustical absorption panel that provides excellent broad band frequency control. Its an affordable absorption solution for professional & residential settings.
Construction: The core of the SonoLite panel consists of Auralex's high performance StudioFoam Pro acoustical foam which is covered in a velour fabric. Available in stylish black or tan velour fabric.
Studiofoam Pro: StudioFoam Pro is a melamine-free acoustical foam with a Class A fire rating, per ASTM E84. Studiofoam Pro offers durability & affordability, while also delivering outstanding acoustical performance with an overall NRC of 0.80. Its proprietary chemical formulation prevents StudioFoam Pro from rot, crumbling, or suffering surface harm from normal use like other alternatives.
Sound Improvements: The Auralex SonoLite acoustical absorption panel with Studiofoam Pro reduces unwanted acoustical reflections, eliminates standing waves, tames chaotic reverberation, as well as decreases "slap-back" and "room-ring".
Mounting Options: The SonoLite panel can be used for wall or ceiling applications. EZ-Stick Pro mounting tabs are included.
The Auralex Guarantee: All Auralex foam products have been specially engineered for maximum acoustical performance, increased longevity, flame retardancy, and great looking aesthetics.
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Why did you buy this?
I looked at other manufactures who made similar type panels, but they in no way could be the price. [ ERIC Jun 26, 2018 ]
Living in an apt I need to find a way to listen to music but not bother the close neighbor, I am hoping these panels will do the trick. [ L Feb 06, 2017 ]