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Old 14th September 2005, 02:35 PM   #1
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Default Audio transparent fabric

It has proven difficult to make up my mind what forum to put this question in, as it deals with headphones. It's not really a loudspeaker, so it doesn't quite belong there.

I would like to knowwhat fabrics are considered the most audio-transparent ones.

What I would like to DIY are some fabric protectors to use over my headphones ear pads.

Cotton, silk, linen. Those come to my mind, but maybe they are not the best or are not that critical.


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Old 14th September 2005, 05:23 PM   #2
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I think you'll get better response in Loudspeakers, so I'll take the liberty of moving this thread over there.
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Old 14th September 2005, 05:59 PM   #3
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Can you not use speaker cloth?
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Old 14th September 2005, 06:21 PM   #4
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Can you not use speaker cloth?

As long as it's soft on the ears, it would be fine. Some seem to be very rough feeling.

But I would be willing to widen up my search to include fabrics that are not practical or too expensive to use on speakers. E.g.: women stockings. Their fabric is used on pop filters in studios for singers. They are probably very transparent, but they would crush any headphone's ear cushions.



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Old 14th September 2005, 07:09 PM   #5
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A fabric store is a great place to hang out for an hour or sew (sic). You will likely find the fabric you need, you'll be catered to and the female to male ratio is astounding. Not to mention the free advice on what colour suits you best, and what goes with what in your wardrobe.

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I obtained some surplus material for this job - used for packaging of some sort, I think.
It's jersey (?) cloth bonded to a thin layer of open cell foam. Comfortable and almost inaudible.
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Old 15th September 2005, 10:49 AM   #7
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Default Hello my friend Carlmart, interesting subject

Always a problem to me..how to protect speaker and headphones without disturb audio....i have children in my home, and maid cleaning, i feel afraid to damage the speakers, and always they use protection grille with some kind of cloth, fabric over.

I was thinking till overheat my brain, years ago, to find a good solution.... had the idea of "veneziana"... some vertical plastic curtain to open and close...having low resistance to air movement.... also i was thinking that something that is easy to air flow, could be also easy to audio flow, as air pressurized or the opposite is found in front of the speaker...i tested many material in front of the wind i have here all day long...also i made tests observing the watter flowing, evaluating the resistance to watter flow too...the result i had was the nylon filter, the one we use to collect small fishes...but not pretty enougth to use (puça para peixes ornamentarios)...ornamental fishes capture fabric.

This way, i decide to keep the polistyrene fabric i have here, as nothing better, and enougth pretty was found.

Good to see someone researching this subjetc.

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Lol that all? I have 6 cats, 4 of them white, we have hairs EVERYWHERE!!!!

as a rule when I get new PC speakers I ransack my wife's silk stockings then just basicaly put the whole speaker in there case and all.... Yeah not very pretty... but it lasts and even keeps the perpetual smoke residue layer off it... I suppose it could work, you dont have to pull it tight enough to bunch up the sponge parts, or maybe you could make a tubelike sponge with 1 side covered by a layer of stocking silk, kinda like a drum...

Anyway... jut wanted to say, I can hear no diffirence between having then cover the speakers and not...
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Default May have some small difference Nordic...remove and put it again and you will perceive

Our ears/brain produce some adjustment...perception adjustment, but removing and inserting it fast...you will see difference...small but will appear.

There are people that search perfection...for them, this is "enormous" difference....well.... those guys are the ones that produce better results. as they are neurothically fixed to find the unreachable perfection...but they go very close.

People told me that cats are good distortion meters...as they go away from too much loud sound sources or distorted sources having some high frequency modulating trebles.

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I used to keep the pads where it contacts the hear, and take out the middle portion.
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