Screen wall will be covered with 2" thick Roxul AFB, and need material to cover it. I was hoping it wouldn't be too expensive, but covering a 13'x9' wall seems to be like 100 bucks+ with GOM 701. So which would be best (for the price):
I doubt anyone has done a scientific analysis comparing the three. I'm happy with the Hancock and if you wait it occasionally goes on sale for 50% off on-line. You can also take a competitors coupon into their store.
Look at it this way - how much have you already put in the room to make it look and perform the way you want it to? Is $100 really that much ? If you spend $50 instead on an unknown fabric will it be worth it to you ?
When I wrote the post originally I calculated it out to be over 300 bucks! Then I remembered the price is per yard, not per foot. 100 isn't bad, and I do like the way Biggy's wall looks, so might just bite the bullet and order that for my screen wall and other bass traps.
I haven't gotten around to pricing GOM yet so my initial reaction was "Only $100?!? Awesome!"
I know that BIGmouthinDC has glowed about using the Hancock micro velvet in other threads. His theatre's crazy snazzy so I put a lot of value in his answer!
Agree, his theatre is really snazzy. It is just that is twice the price of Joannas fabric, so was hoping someone's used that and hoped it worked well. I just realized I need to get about 20 yards total, so would save me quite a bit.
Don't forget about flammabiltiy ratings - if that's important to you. There is a reason that some of these fabrics are more expensive than others.
When I did my theater, I relied heavily on the acoustic properties of the material as well as the flammability ratings. I paid particular attention to the acoustic properties of the material that was covering any of my speakers.
I went to Hancock tonight to look at the micro velvet. I tried breathing through it and could feel my breath a little bit, if I had to guess I'd say a quarter the power I breath into it.
I'm going to check out Joann tomorrow and compare. Joann is 33% the price and is a lot wider too. I did like the look of the micro velvet though
Just FYI, if you're going to JoAnn's, check out the 'Premier Velvet' in addition to their 'Stretch Velvet.' It's the same type as the 'Micro Velvet' over at Hancock's, and with a 50% off coupon is within the same price range.
I did the same thing and compared the stretch to the premier. The stretch velvet definitely has better AT qualities, but since my speakers are behind the screen and not the fabric, I thought the Premier Velvet was a much nicer material and worth the little extra cost.