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"With the sub on this track the music sounded absolutely thunderous but at the same time very well controlled. Again the soundstage sounded very coherent but spread out and tight. Every sound in the lower frequencies including percussion such as congas, bongos, and even steel drums felt well controlled and solidly anchored on the soundstage. This was expected since this is what the Cathedral Panels were designed for. But what absolutely blew my mind was that with or without the sub in addition to the panels it took away a degree of transistor or solid state sound from the midrange to the top end. In its place it left a slightly more natural, more harmonic richness and roundness to the sound. I write this with hand on heart, "Word, brothers and sisters, Word”. These little panels are controlling more than low bass and I love it!"
- Francisco Duran, Positive Feedback ISSUE 50
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Tweaks . . . That Work!
... the great thing about the Cathedral Sound Room Dampening Panels is that they work. They’re most effective when hung on a wall (6" to 8" down and 3" out from the nearest meeting room boundaries), but also do very well when just sitting on the floor in the room’s corners. The effect of the panels was instant and easily noticeable in my room, with marked decreases in boom and bass bloat. This was accompanied by a clearer, more focused midrange that had been masked by the overloaded room. Overall, the Cathedral Sound products were just the ticket for reforming my spacious listening room. The facts that they’re cheap ($90 each, with discounts available for multiple units), and of almost microscopic size compared to traditional bass traps, make them worth a close look. They actually deliver as promised: a tweak that . . . works!
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. . . Colin Smith
By Robert Deutsch July 2009
Stereophile Vol. 32 No.7
"...I can't say I completely follow the technical explanation; the important thing is that the Cathedral panels worked. Installed as directed (basically, you drive a supplied special nail into the wall and hang a panel on it), there was a definite improvement in the clarity of the bass, especially apparent with the drums and synthesizer on Mickey Hart's Planet Drum.
Were the improvements of such magnitude that they turned my room into a facsimile of an IEC Listening Room? No. the Cathedral Sound panels weren't magical, but they did make an improvement in the sound of my room. Two things I really like about them is that they're relatively unobtrusive, and no tweaking is involved in their placement - none of that getting the positioning just right or making the sound even worse. Recommended.”
by March 2008
"...after a few hours of critical listening, I could report that these panels are amazing, especially for their size, the Cathedral Sound Room Dampening Panels provided more obvious improvements than any other acoustic treatment I have tried, even the ones ten times their size and triple their cost."
"In conclusion, the Cathedral Sound Room Dampening Panels get my highest recommendation. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and very well constructed. They’ll fit into your listening room without bringing attention to themselves, but most importantly, they just flat out work. This was something I could not claim for many of the previous acoustic products I had tried. If you are concerned about getting the most music out of your system budget or are interested in proven room acoustical treatment products without decorating your listening room for combat, then the Cathedral Sound Room Dampening Panels could definitely be the way to go. Or to paraphrase Dennis Green, “They did, what I thought they’d do!”
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