So I have some in wall speakers that I've installed. I would like to put pictures in front of them. I was thinking that a silk screen or similar should have essentially no sound distortion.

I reason that most speakers have cloth grilles anyway surely I could find something similar?

I was just wondering if anyone has insight on a material that I should use?

  • The question is off-topic for this network, but how does one present "pictures" on fabric?
    – isherwood
    Mar 8, 2019 at 16:27
  • The cloth grill is to help avoid the element / speaker internals from getting damaged. If you put anything in front of a speaker (grill or something else) you will distort the sound.. It depends how much you can live with. This is one of those situations where you just try it and see for yourself. Hold something in place where it would be, and listen yourself. See what you are ok with.
    – Eric F
    Mar 8, 2019 at 16:28
  • @isherwood Any suggestion as to where this should go? This is the only network that I could find pertaining to home theater... Mar 8, 2019 at 17:08
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    I'm not sure how you can expect objective answers. As Eric said, it's a matter of prerogative what you'll tolerate. Most fabrics won't significantly mute sound, but you have to decide for yourself. Plus, the question has been asked and answered, and answered....
    – isherwood
    Mar 8, 2019 at 17:20
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    I'm maybe going to blow your mind a little and show you the world of exciters. You can turn the pictures into speakers. Have fun with that knowledge.
    – JPhi1618
    Mar 8, 2019 at 19:29

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Googling "acoustically transparent fabric" returns a variety of companies that provide materials that advertise the characteristics you require. For example:

https://fabricmate.com/fabric/acoustic-fabrics/ or https://www.audimute.com/what-is-acoustic-fabric

Transparent cloth is available but putting a picture on it is another challenge. The printing process needs to be one that does not reduce the ability of the cloth to let air pass through it. Painting for example would change the acoustic properties.

The people at audimute build sound absorbing panels with a customizable picture. Maybe they can build a panel with your picture that is transparent.

It would be great to hear how this comes out for you.

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    Hello, and welcome to Home Improvement. Good answer; keep 'em coming! Mar 9, 2019 at 1:44

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