hifi audio room with tubetraps and focal speakers

Bringing HiFi Music to Life

The properly conditioned listening room fills with musical dynamics and clarity while the sound stage is developing across the front of the room. Speakers disappear as sonic images fill the three-dimensional space.

Before we can even detect the next change coming on we are quietly awakened by the silence at the end of the album. And left feeling like we were really there.

Musical nirvana is developed in three sequential stages. Each one involves thoughtful placement of acoustic control devices. First is to perfect the musical presentation; second is to reveal the imaging sound stage; and third is to achieve venue site immersion.

illustration of hifi room stage 1. musical playback

HiFi Stage 1
Musical Playback

TubeTraps in the 4 corners with diffusers aiming inward provide musicality & dynamic clarity.

Perfecting the sound of each sound with engaging musical tonality & dynamics, breathing cohesive life into the music.

Hifi room with many albums and grey tubetraps in the front corners
illustration of hifi room stage 2. the sound stage

HiFi Stage 2
The Sound Stage

TubeTraps on the front side walls and along the front wall gives us SoundStage visualization.

Speakers disappear as they busily weave the fabric of the soundstage populating & illuminating sonic detail, life and action

stage 3 hifi room with several tubetraps set up
illustration of hifi room stage 3. venue immersion

HiFi Stage 3
Venue Immersion

TubeTraps down the sides & along the back wall transport us to true Venue Immersion.

Slip into ambiance & spaciousness, the surrounds of the performance hall or imaginary venue of the production localized on 3D sonic space.

tubetraps set up in a stage 2 hifi room
four orange tubetrap bass traps from acoustic sciences corp.

The TubeTrap

Unlock the True Music

For decades Audiophiles have relied on ASC’s award-winning TubeTraps to get their room sound perfected. The IsoThermal TubeTrap continues this tradition with our new patented technology by delivering 2x the bass absorption. With its fully adjustable diffuser, this acoustic workhorse delivers dynamic broadband sound absorption & diffusion to help your room sound lively & tight.

TubeTraps are available in 67 beautiful colors & many different sizes.

Integrated High-End Listening Rooms

Some listening room projects involve custom design, new construction or remodels where the aesthetics are not based on acoustics. Voicing of the room is still required. Some parts of the acoustic compliment may be integrated into the design while others lay hidden behind grillwork, drapery or scrim. Coordination between owner, designer and acoustic requirements is essential.

Standard acoustic products are usually not involved in custom projects. Visible acoustic elements in a customer project are themselves unique; with coordinated dimensions, visual & mechanical requirements are integrated. The non-visible or hidden acoustic products frequently involve customized acoustic devices, all designed by ASC, built in our factory, packaged and shipped with a contractor friendly install.

Upgrading the Dedicated HiFi Listening Room

Most frequently we help upgrade the existing living room. The owner has painstakingly put together the audio system that should be sounding great. It’s not sounding great and that can be very frustrating. We study the room to know how it is handling the wavefront, and how the speakers play in the room. We interview and listen to what the owner has to say. Often, a simple test can be done to help clarify or sort out the difficulties.

We then spec the acoustic package that fits the upgrade budget and addresses the concerns of the owner and our findings about the performance of the audio system. Surprisingly we find that about half of the time the room is actually acoustically set up wrong, backwards or sideways. The first problem to resolve is the orientation of the set up in the listening room, then we move to acoustics.

Purpose-Built HiFi Listening Rooms

The finest acoustic performance is found in purpose-built reference high class listing rooms. These rooms are found in the headquarters of high-end audio manufacturers, some dealer showrooms, playback rooms for writers and product reviewers and some fortunate audiophiles. These rooms generally conform to the golden standard audiophile reference room referred to as 2C3D: 2 Channel, 3 Dimensional. 2C3D was coined by Bruce Brisson of MIT cables.

These rooms begin with healthy room dimensions that depend on the type of speaker intended for the room and designs include speaker position and listening position. Each speaker is set on a concrete pier with an independent foundation and not connected to the floors at all. The floors are not suspended joists but overly supported, multiple piers to eliminate sympathetic vibration and assembled with structural damping to eliminate sound vibration conduction. Walls and ceilings are semi-floating, converted into giant deep bass membrane bass traps using our Iso-Wall construction. Sometimes ASC proprietary sub bass soundproofing is included. Once the room is built correctly for use as a high end listening room, it is fitted with the appropriate acoustic complement.

ASC TubeTraps in stock colors, Style Guide, tubetraps


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