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Auralex Showcases Class A Fire-Rated Studiofoam®Pro

United States
The Industry’s First Melamine-Free Class A Fire-Rated Acoustical Foam

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 13, 2011 – Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, is highlighting its new Studiofoam®Pro, the industry’s first melamine-free Class A fire-rated acoustical foam, at Winter NAMM 2011.

StudiofoamPro is available in two sizes: 2’ x 2’ and 2’ x 4‘, both 1.5” thick. It is available in charcoal gray and features beveled edges and provides a Noise Coefficient Rating (NRC) of 0.90. StudiofoamPro presents a low-cost option for sound absorption in studios, churches, restaurants, clubs and any other venues that requires a Class A fire-rated acoustical treatment. The absorption level has not been tainted by creating acoustical foam that is Class A fire-rated. In fact, the foam maintains the same cell structure, but the cells are smaller, condensing the thickness of the panel, and provides superior performance to a standard 1” thick fiberglass panel.

“Professional studios, home-based recording projects as well as live music and performance venues can now reap the range of benefits of Auralex’s new StudiofoamPro, as it is the perfect combination of appearance, pricing and flame retardancy with the renowned physical characteristics of Auralex’s best-selling Studiofoam,” says Eric Smith, founder and president of Auralex Acoustics. “Auralex is proud to bring melamine–free Class A fire-retardant acoustical foam to market. This introduction is not only a natural expansion to our Studiofoam product line, but also allows a wider range of customers, especially those in more commercial settings, to utilize acoustical foam while adhering to most public fire codes.”

Many public buildings and local fire codes require that acoustical materials be Class A fire-retardant. Until now, Class A rated acoustical treatments included basic cloth-covered fiberglass and a special flame-retardant type of foam called melamine. Melamine can serve as an absorber, but it is not only expensive, its physical attributes make it very sensitive to physical damage.

Due to Auralex’s proprietary chemical formulation, StudiofoamPro has all the traditional benefits of Auralex’s industry-leading Studiofoam, including outstanding durability due to reduced oxidation. StudiofoamPro will not rot, crumble or suffer surface harm from normal use like other reported Class A alternatives.

StudiofoamPro is Class A rated according to ASTM-E84, which evaluates flame spread and smoke density. It passed the UL 94 HF1,2, which is a fire-rating test specifically for nonstructural foam materials like acoustical foam. It also passed MVSS 302, a fire test requirement for materials installed in motor vehicles. Passing the MVSS 302 is significant for product installation in RVs and media vehicles. The last test that StudiofoamPro passed is the California Technical Bulletin 117 (Cal 117), which contains an open flame test and a smoldering cigarette test.

About Auralex Acoustics, Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies.

Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers.
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