Review

ASC TubeTrap - Big Bass Improvement

John Kotches

Reprinted from Equipment Review, October 2005

Here is an excerpt from a SubTrap review published in Equipment Review by John Kotches.

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The field of home acoustics control is crowded with relative newcomers to the industry. In this field, the Acoustic Sciences Corporation (ASC) is a relative veteran, and was one of the first companies to offer products for home and professional environments to address noise abatement and acoustical control issues.

The ASC SubTrap™ made a marked difference in the bass reproduction in my room, and I got the measurements to prove it!

John Kotches

ASC’s best-known product was awarded U.S. Patent 4,548,292 for a “Reflective Acoustical Damping Device For Rooms.” That isn’t a very catchy name; we’re much more familiar with the product’s retail name of TubeTrap™. The TubeTrap has achieved a rather interesting position in that it is used as both a generic (as is Xerox for photocopying), as well as a specific product. ASC has evolved far beyond the TubeTrap and now offers a wide range of acoustics products for the home, studio, and professional environments.

The TubeTrap still graces the product lineup and has two first cousins, in the quarter-round and half-round TubeTrap products. Art Noxon is president of ASC and the inventor of the TubeTrap. Art holds advanced degrees in both physics and mechanical engineering, with a focus on acoustics. His company’s product line has greatly expanded since its inception 20 years ago.

When it came time to build the dedicated home theatre/multichannel room in my new home I took the advice of a friend and fellow Widescreen Review writer Stacey Spears. It was Stacey who suggested I use ASC’s ISO-Wall solution. Stacy has a complete dedicated ASC room, including both sound and vibration proofing and conditioning. And Editor-In-Chief Gary Reber uses SubTraps in one of the reference systems at Widescreen Review.