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i am looking for something affordable. building 12 2'x4' panels.

reading through the many threads here, there are burlap, muslin, speaker cloth, something call jet-set.

i am looking at Jo-Ann because it's local, and there's a 50% off coupon in the paper every week.

so what fabric is everyone getting from Jo-Ann for acoustic panels? thanks
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thanks, that's where i learned of the "jet set". but it looks like no one else used it except the OP.
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My entire theater fabric is from JO-Anns. Used a heavy velvet material around screen, Deep red velour on side walls frames covering my recycled blue jean material from Lowes & a very thin black material for the recessed speaker grill which sounds like your jet set material. I made cretain it passed the breath test & also held it up to the light & was able to see very easily thru it. When set on the white counter, it remained black which was all I needed. I think that any cloth that passes this test will work just fine. Also remember that one of the THX settings on receivers is to roll off a little of the high end due to the conditions of a large commercial theater, namely the speakers behind screens & cloth, and the natural tendency of a large space to absorb some of the high frequency sound. In your smaller space, there are many other concerns high on the food chain such as speaker placement & proper speaker level adjuctsment.

PS: Many new receivers also come with a mic to help adjust for tone in a room, so my advice is to find something you like & go full steam ahead.
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I remember seeing a post in BIG's thread about something called Micro Velvet that he got from Hancock Fabrics to frame out his new screen. I went to Jo-Ann's to try and find something similar (no Hancock Fabrics around my area), and they have a type called Black Premier Velvet that is the exact same material (the stuff from Jo-Ann's has the same Micro Velvet label down the edge). It's a bit pricier than some of the other stuff, but with a 50% off coupon becomes much more palatable. I bought a bunch of it on sale with the 50% off that I plan to use around my screen. Haven't actually used it yet, and I'd never put it in front of any speakers, but I think it'll work just fine for acoustic panels, and looks great.

Only issue I can see with making 2x4 panels is the material is only 44" wide, so there would definitely be some wasted material.
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thanks much for the responses guys....keep 'em coming!
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I checked out Joanne's yesterday - saw the jet set and some other options, but it doesn't seem they carry anything fire retardant - I asked, they said they used to have like one fabric in three colors, but not anymore - but they do sell the spray-on stuff. I'll just mail order something that I know for sure is fire retardant.

Now I'm debating whether FR (treated, but requires re-application after a year or so?) is good enough, or if what I really need is IFR (permanent). I never remember to change air filters, water filters, so I doubt I'd be FR for long.
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I checked out Joanne's yesterday - saw the jet set and some other options, but it doesn't seem they carry anything fire retardant - I asked, they said they used to have like one fabric in three colors, but not anymore

I had the same experience a couple weeks ago at 2 separate JoAnn's. I even took a sample of the Dazian Celtic black to give them an idea what I was looking for. After being directed to 3 different clerks in 3 different ares of the store, from knits to home decor, I was told that the FR property used to be available, but they no longer carry it in the type of fabric I sought. Looking at JoAnn's fabric prices, I found that the Dazian prices, like for Janus, Celtic were in many cases cheaper than most of the fabric that looked usable from Joann's.
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I had the same experience a couple weeks ago at 2 separate JoAnn's. I even took a sample of the Dazian Celtic black to give them an idea what I was looking for. After being directed to 3 different clerks in 3 different ares of the store, from knits to home decor, I was told that the FR property used to be available, but they no longer carry it in the type of fabric I sought. Looking at JoAnn's fabric prices, I found that the Dazian prices, like for Janus, Celtic were in many cases cheaper than most of the fabric that looked usable from Joann's.

really, even with a 50% discount?
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when ahead and purchase 12 yards of the "Jet Set" stuff from JoAnn. $30 shipped.

looked at the Dazian and GOM stuff, both too expensive for my budget.
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