I've used them and they can be quite effective. They don't look great but that is in the eye of the beholder.
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I decided to take the plunge and have my room completely treated with GIK products. 4 Tri-traps for the corners, 2 244 bass traps for the rear walls, and 3 242 acoustic panels for the ceiling and first reflection points. I ordered all of them with black fabric - I'm hoping this will be the most aesthetically pleasing option. I should mention that all 9 products with shipping came to approx $1000 - certainly more affordable than other comparable acoustic products. I'm not going to suggest that quality is on par with Rives or ASC, but there is certainly a good sense of value with GIK
Blindjim, I'm sorry to hear about your negative experience with GIK. Thus far, I've found their customer service to be extraordinary. I was contacted this morning through email by their lead acoustic designer to determine which products would suit my room. All email responses came within 10 minutes. I placed the order this morning and should have everything in 2 weeks. Will post about the sonics as soon as they arrive.
I should mention that I am not affiliated with GIK in any way (that should be obvious since I work in physical rehab but full disclosure seems to be the standard protocol following praise for any product or company).
I have had 3 of the 242s and 4 of the 244s for the last couple of years. The build quality is good, but aesthetically the front edges are not as straight and clean as I would like (they may have changed this). I have the basic black fabric and it looks good and is of high quality. Acoustically they are great and you can't beat the price in a pre-made panel. As far a customer service, they were great and a friend of mine who also ordered from them said the same.
Thanks... it's cool. Sure I was disappointed at the results, especially after I offered to pay, twice, for the samples.
However in my life everything always works out. I bought sufficient OC & Manley (?) rock wool to outfit two severe corner traps, ala Super chunks, first reflections, and corner busters, for around $175, and the backboarding for around $10, the fabric isn't settled yet, but should come in around $100 give or take a bit. so for about 3 bills or so, the room gets done acoustically. Esthetically, it'll appear as traditional furniture accessories and match better to the existing color changes I've made there too. Should be done shortly.
Good luck and enjoy.
I'm using 4 Tri Traps in my living room, and I have about 20 244/242 panels in my recording studio. They do the job just fine. They're not perfect aesthetically, but good enough to look pretty professional. I tried making one once, and it's not as easy as it looks. I won't be making any more, especially with GIK's price point for these things. I have never had any problems with customer service. They've been great.
Glenn here from GIK Acoustics. Wow I am VERY sorry to hear that we did not get the samples out to you. I do know a couple years back we had some growing pains so not sure if you got caught up in that or what. Please feel free to contact me through our website and I will make sure you are take care of right away.