I have a dedicated audio room that doubles as a home theater. I have desired to put diffusers on the wall behind my speakers since I built the room but a large screen television has stood in the way and I have a lot of gear with cables below it taking up floor space making a floor installation difficult.When I saw the GIK Gotham quadratic diffusers, I thought I could have my cake and eat it too.
My initial plan was to use heavy gauge wire and hang them off the television but I was a little uncomfortable with the additional weight on the wall rack that was right at it’s weight limits with the heavy plasma tv attached to it. I looked at premade shelves but couldn’t find anything with the dimensions I needed. A trip to my local Lowe’s solved the problem. I purchased a pair of heavy duty shelf brackets and a painted 3 foot shelf. I also bought heavy duty metal dry wall anchors which don’t require drilling to install just a Phillips head screw driver. The openings for screws on the shelf brackets were a little wider than the drywall screws so I purchased some flat washers. Total cost was around $40. Installation was easy and the diffusers fit perfectly on the shelf.
Shortly after installation one of my Audiophile buddies visited for a couple of days. He knows how my system sounds as good as I do. After a couple hours of listening I asked for his impressions without telling him what I thought. He heard the same things as I did with the most noticeable being vocals and soundstage. Vocals especially the lead were more finely delineated and the soundstage got wider. With the vocals it sounds like you have moved two or three rows closer to the stage. I am very impressed with the results and plan to purchase another pair.
For anyone who may be interested in these diffusers GIK has a 10% discount through the 15th of this month. Outside of being a customer , I have absolutely no affiliation with this company.