What is the difference between the Nimbus and the Stratus?
They are in fact very similar. The Stratus comes with a special aluminum frame with hardware to suit, that lets you gang several of them together for a tight cloud. This would be primarily used in a recording studio. The Nimbus is more of a general use acoustic panel, thus not as application specific.
What is the difference between a Broadway Absorber and a Nimbus?
They are one and the same. The Nimbus comes complete with hanging hardware and is packaged individually which is important for contractors when on a job site.
Is the Nimbus safe to handle? I heard fiberglass can cause irritation.
This is true. This is why all Primacoustic Broadway panels are fully encapsulated and have resin hardened edges. This way, the glass fibers are completely retained. When you cut the panels, you can release the fibers. If you choose to do so, we suggest you wear gloves, eye wear and a mask during the installation.
Can I recover the Nimbus to suit the décor in my room?
Yes. All you do is place the fabric down on a table, use spray-on adhesive fold, cut and you are set to go! Make sure you use a breathable fabric so that the acoustic properties do not change.
Can I cut a hole in the Nimbus for a light fixture?
Yes… but make sure it has a proper steel housing designed to be used inside a drop ceiling with insulation. Your hardware store can best advise you on this matter.
Do Nimbus panels work better when they are tightly clustered?
Yes and no. For the recording studio, a cluster will provide greater control in the critical sweet spot. But in a restaurant, cafeteria, or call center, spacing the panels will provide improved balance and ambient control which will be better for a larger room.
How can using the Nimbus help with industrial noise?
Safety is a major concern in any industrial environment. This includes safe communication between workers and reduced stress from noise. This causes ear fatigue, tension, and reduced productivity. By improving the acoustics, management is perceived as caring about employees by improving their working environment.
How can the Nimbus help in the classroom?
There is a movement afoot that believes effective communication to students plays a critical role in their comprehension and therefore involvement and enthusiasm. As the student moves back, away from the teacher, sound is reflected off the walls, ceiling, and windows and reduces intelligibility. Improving the room acoustics also reduces the noise caused by HVAC systems, another important, yet often unnoticed, distraction.
Why is treating the perimeter of the room important?
Acoustic energy tends to cluster in corners because the walls and ceilings act as waveguides. By treating the ceiling and wall joint, you basically double the performance of the panel by capturing sound as it is reflected back into the room, before it expands.
Can I improve the bass absorption by building a box around the Nimbus?
Yes. Building a sealed enclosure will increase the bass performance. This will however reduce the high frequency performance as sound will no longer echo off the ceiling and penetrate the back side.