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Title:
Acoustic treatment nesting corner mount
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
An acoustic treatment nesting corner mount for mounting acoustic panels in a corner of a room. The nesting corner mount allows for the installation of two or more acoustic treatments, nested one behind the other, in a corner of a room to enhance the acoustics of the room.


Inventors:
Foster, Scott R. (Jacksonville, FL, US)
Application Number:
12/011829
Publication Date:
07/30/2009
Filing Date:
01/30/2008
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47B96/06
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Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Gary, Huusko L. (Suite 600, 7300 West 147th Street, Apple Valley, MN, 55124, US)
Claims:
1. A bracket for installing a pair of acoustic treatments across the diagonal of a room corner wherein the pair of acoustic treatments are positioned one behind the other in a nested fashion.

2. A bracket for installing more than two concatenated acoustic treatments across the diagonal of a room corner wherein the concatenated acoustic treatments are positioned one behind the other in a nested fashion.

3. A bracket comprising a face panel mount, an upper edge, a lower edge, a right side angled corner mount member, a left side angled corner mount member, and two angled nested panel mount extensions, each angled nested panel extension extending from the right and left side angled corner mount member, respectively, the face panel mount having a right side angled edge and a left side angled edge, the right side angled corner mount member extending from the right side angled edge at a 45 degree angle from the face panel mount, and the left side angled corner mount member extending from the left side angled edge at a 45 degree angle from the face panel mount, the right and left side angled corner mount members each angled such that each angled corner mount will lay flush with a wall in a corner of a room, allowing the bracket to be securely attached to a corner of a room, a first slot is disposed in each angled corner mount, beginning at the lower edge and extending, perpendicular to the lower edge, a sufficient distance to allow secure attachment of the bracket to the respective walls of the corner of the room, each angled nested panel mount extension being angled inward, towards the face panel mount at an angle of 45 degrees from the right and left angled corner mounts, respectively, thereby being perpendicular to the face panel mount, a plurality of second slots are disposed in the face panel mount beginning at the lower edge and extending, perpendicular to the lower edge, a sufficient distance to allow secure attachment of a panel to the bracket, a plurality of holes are disposed in the face panel mount to facilitate easy access to mounting hardware means placed into the wall, whereby mounting hardware means are placed into each wall of a corner and the bracket is slid onto the mounting hardware means by sliding the first slots onto the mounting hardware means, the mounting hardware means are tightened thereby securing the bracket to the wall, a nested panel is secured to the angled nested panel mount extensions and a panel is secured to the face panel mount in front of the nested panel by sliding securing means on the panel into the second slots on the face panel mount.

4. The bracket of claim 3 wherein the bracket is a one-piece member made of sheet metal.

5. The bracket of claim 4 wherein the bracket has a width of 3.5 inches, and each first slot has a width of 0.25 inches and a length of 2.38 inches and each is located 1.84 inches from the right and left side angled edges, respectively, and each second slot has a width of 0.25 inches and a length of 1.375 inches and each is located 8.375 inches from the right and left side angled edges, respectively.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

This invention relates to a device for mounting dual layered, nested, acoustic treatments into a room corner.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Mounting brackets are well known in the arts for mounting a variety of items onto a wall, ceiling or floor.

Acoustic treatments have long been used by engineers, architects, musicians, audiophiles and sound technicians to improve the acoustic characteristics of venues of every nature including offices, classrooms, lecture halls, factories, opera houses, arenas, theaters, broadcast facilities, and recording studios.

Acoustic treatments are coming into more common usage as a result of technological advancements leading to increasing affordability of high quality sound reproduction and other critical listening equipment. As a result, even homes are becoming common locations for high quality music reproduction systems, movie theaters, and recording studios.

Acoustic treatments are designed to absorb or redirect sounds which would otherwise reflect from boundaries [such as walls, ceilings or floors] so as to cause undesirable acoustic conditions such as higher perceived noise levels, lower speech intelligibility, or other diminution of a listener's ability to accurately perceive music, dialogue, or other acoustic events.

Acoustic treatments come in the form of tiles, plates, mats or panels, which are either built into the interior finishes of a room or added as modular units to mounted on the room boundaries; typically the walls and ceiling.

It is understood by those skilled in the art that corner mounting acoustic treatments so that the device straddles the diagonal of a corner will enhance the effectiveness of such devices at lower frequencies. The present invention provides a means to mount two or more such acoustic treatments in a single corner by nesting the devices, one behind the other, and has many advantages over the current corner mounted acoustic treatment solutions for enhancing sound quality, including ease of use, affordability, and increased acoustic performance.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

According to the present invention, the nesting corner mount allows acoustic treatments to be easily mounted into a corner in either vertical or horizontal aspect [for example, either a wall-wall corner, or a ceiling-wall corner], and for two or more acoustic treatment devices to be mounted, one behind the other, in a nested fashion, thereby increasing efficiency. The nesting corner mount is attached to a wall and an acoustic treatment panel is attached to the outer surface of the device, so that it straddles the corner diagonally, creating a space behind the panel. A second acoustic treatment panel is attached to the mount, behind the first mounted panel, thereby improving the performance of the corner mounted acoustic device.

The nested corner mount is an angularly configured band of sheet metal, or other durable material, with strategically placed holes and slots, or other elements intended to accommodate the attachment of the mount into a corner and the subsequent attachment of multiple acoustic treatments onto the mount and thereby into a single corner, thus increasing the acoustic performance of the corner treatments versus the use of a single acoustic treatment and thereby allowing improvement to be made to the acoustics of a room.

The bracket allows the nested corner mounting of several types of acoustic treatments including membrane, or porous absorbers and/or acoustic diffusers in any number of configurations of concatenation of acoustic treatments.

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view from the front (room side) of the mount.

FIG. 2 is a perspective view from the back (corner side) of the mount.

FIG. 3 is a top view showing the angular bends of the mount.

FIG. 4 is a graph of showing the increased acoustic absorption performance of a pair of nested corner mounted porous absorber panels versus a single corner mounted panel.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Referring to FIG. 1, a nesting corner mount 1 is shown, having a face panel mount 2, an upper edge 3, a lower edge 4, a right side angled corner mount member 5, a left side angled corner mount member 6, and two angled nested panel mount extensions 7, each extending from the right and left side angled corner mount members 5 and 6, respectively. The nesting corner mount 1 is a one-piece member, preferably made of a sturdy material such as sheet metal, although other sturdy materials, such as plastics, fiberglass or the like, may be used as well.

The face panel mount 2 has a right side angled edge 8 and a left side angled edge 9, the right side angled corner mount member 5 extending from the right side angled edge 8, and the left side angled corner mount member 6 extending from the left side angled edge 9.

The right and left side angled corner mount members 5 and 6 are each angled at a 45 degree angle from the respective right and left side angled edges 8 and 9 such that each angled corner mount 5 and 6 will lay flush in a corner, allowing the nesting corner mount 1 to be securely attached to a corner.

A first slot 10 is disposed in each angled corner mount 5 and 6, beginning at the lower edge 4 and extending perpendicular to the lower edge 4 a sufficient distance to allow a secure attachment of the nested corner mount 1 to the respective walls of the corner of the room. Preferably, each first slot 10 would have a width of 0.25 inches and a length of 2.38 inches, and would be located 1.84 inches from the right and left side angled edges, respectively.

Each angled nesting corner mount extension 7 is angled inward, towards the face panel mount 2, at an angle of 45 degrees from the angled corner mount 5 and 6, respectively, thereby being perpendicular to the face panel mount 2.

Still referring to FIG. 1, a plurality of second slots 11 are disposed in the face panel mount 2, beginning at the lower edge 4 and extending perpendicular to the lower edge 4 a sufficient distance to allow a secure attachment of a panel to the nested corner mount 1. Preferably, each second slot 11 would have a width of 0.25 inches and a length of 1.375 inches, and would be located 8.375 inches from the right and left side angled edges, respectively.

A plurality of holes 12 are located in the face panel mount 2 such as to provide easy access to the first slots 10 to facilitate tightening screws or other fastening means used to attach the nesting corner mount 1 to the respective walls.

FIGS. 2 and 3 show the nested corner mount in other views to aid in the understanding of the configuration and attributes of the invention.





 
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