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Acoustical Transmission Report January 2, 2008

Please find the data on the acoustical transmission tests run on the dome samples sent. The
measurement results are shown in the attached sheets.

The data is presented in the form of an amplitude response of the acoustic transfer function for each
sample. The transfer function is developed by normalizing the sample measurements to an
identical test run with no sample in place (free air). Thus, the 0dB line is a free air reference. The
graph shows the amount of attenuation in dB each panel presents as a function of frequency.

Understanding the data is to be used as a reference to select materials based on their acoustic
properties for use with loudspeakers in a cinema setting, the presented graph for each sample is a
processed data set. The test procedure includes five time delay spectrometry measurements for
each sample. The first measurement is with the panel perpendicular to the direct path between
loudspeaker and test mic (0 degrees). We then repeat this measurement adjusting the angle of
incidence to the sample in increments of 10 degrees. Thus, the data set includes measurements of 0,
10, 20, 30, and 40 degrees which is our best attempt at a realistic representation of the acoustic
energy that will pass through the material in a dome theater setting. The measurement accuracy is
strongly susceptive to sample size as the acoustic energy with wavelengths larger than the sample
can simply bend around the sample. Therefore, the data shown here is only valid over 1kHz. It is
our experience the frequencies less than 1 kHz will always possess 100% transmission in screen
surfaces that have a rigid structure and pass 1 kHz at 100%.

The test geometry used keeps the loudspeaker 40” from the sample surface, keeping any return
reflection energy minimized and resulting anomalies outside the valid frequency range of the test.
The slight ripples in the response above 1 kHz (both positive and negative) are attributed to edge
diffraction of the sample material and would not be present in a much larger sample size.

The five measurements for each sample are taken and averaged together in a non-weighted
average. The data is octave smoothed.

Analysis of each sample presents very similar results. The transmission loss is isolated to the
frequency range above 4 kHz, which is consistent with other perforated materials. As you will see,
the void percentage is critical if under 25%. In addition, a smoother response is achieved when the
number of holes is increased, versus larger holes and fewer of them.

It should be noted that a 6dB transmission loss at 10 kHz is considered a ‘do not exceed’ when
trying to create a quality audio presentation through the material. The loudspeaker and amplifier
combination have to compensate for this loss and requires the system to produce 4 times the power
in this frequency range.

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