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Old 01-17-2005, 04:58 AM
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What material to cover speaker enclosures?

One of my goals when starting on the interior of my '53 Chevy 4-dr, is to install the sound system in such a way that it looks like there is none. The head unit won't be in the glove box where many people will put but in another secret place.

My question is: what kind of material can I use to cover the speaker enclosures in the doors that will allow enough sound through but give the appearance of a panel with no speakers. I will get the flat smooth look behind the material by mounting a fine, smooth mesh totally flush with the surrounding wood. I don't want to use "acoustic" carpet as everybody will then be suspicious.

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Old 01-17-2005, 07:17 AM
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Tweed is mostly acoustically transparent, it blocks a little bit of sound, but not much at all. The whole panel could be covered in tweed, and the sound would pass through just fine. Grille cloth could be used, but again, that would show that there are hidden speakers. You couldnt use grille cloth on the whole panel.
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Old 01-17-2005, 10:49 AM
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Kewl...Thanks, I appreciate it. Yeah the idea is to cover the whole panel with the same type of material even if I use more than one color.
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Yeah, www.partsexpress.com has a lot of great materials and whatnots and whathaveya's for DIY audio, and you might be able to get some great ideas out of there. Sometimes the site can be a lil bit confusing to browse, but you can order the catalog for free, and it is large, and in color. And pretty good prices.
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