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Best thickness or weight of upholstery to cover linacoustic

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I've been exploring my upholstery options for my HT as far as wall treatments. Is there a desired thickness or weight of upholstery to cover the linacoustic on the walls? Any input on this matter would be appreciated.
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Bueller............Bueller.............
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Whatever fabric you choose should be as acoustically transparent as possible for the panel behind to do its job without interference from the fabric. There is a lot of variability in how acoustically transparent different fabrics are, but generally speaking the thicker the fabric and the tighter the weave, the less acoustically transparent and more absorptive it will be and vice versa. Each manufacturer should have ratings for the acoustic transparency of their different fabric types. The test methods are not consistent from company to company from what I have seen, but should give you a general idea of the differences. Good luck!
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So, if I can hold it up to a light and see moderate light through it (versus no light) The one I can see light through is the one I want?
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Generally speaking, yes.

EDIT - To elaborate....you really don't want the fabric doing the job of your acoustical treatments. You want the fabric to allow the treatments to function as expected without interference. That being said you will always have some absorption of the high frequencies, but that can be minimized with the right kind of acoustically transparent fabric.
Edited by TMcG - 6/19/13 at 9:57am
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