February 25, 2011

Where can I find reticulated foam in Australia?

You can source reticulated foam for waveguides and horns in Melbourne from Flex Foam in Box Hill North.

In contrast to other suppliers, they were a pleasure to deal with. One said that I would have to pay $300 - 400 to get a chunk of foam as they have to buy in bulk. Or use layered sheets, each 12mm thick, not a very attractive solution. Shown above is enough foam for 6 waveguides, ranging from 6" - 12" in size. The cost is quite reasonable.

Why foam?

Earl Geddes has demonstrated that horns and waveguides sound better when filled with foam. Not just any foam - reticulated foam is needed to have the right balance of absorption without too much attenuation. The foam is intended to absorb to a greater degree the reflections within the horn that cause sound quality problems. I have not yet tried it, but by all account it is a worthwhile improvement.

What to ask for 

The foam you want from Flex Foam is called "Mericell." It comes in different densities, you should ask for 30 ppi (pores per inch). It is also referred to as a filter foam, but it's technical generic name is reticulated foam.

Does it really work?

When I have had a chance to test it out properly, I will be reporting my results, both measured and subjective.  I have another shoot out planned where we will compare different waveguides and drivers. The challenge at this point is to find a good way to cut the foam.


  1. Hey paul, thanks for the info mate. I'll give this a try when i put my 4pi econowaves together. How did you arrive at the number for the ppi? Thanks & keep up the good work.



  2. The number comes from Earl Geddes who tried different densities. It's the most coarse I could get.

    1. Did you ever end up doing the new test?

  3. Yes. I found that it generally results in about 2 dB of treble loss. It's quite flat with a very slight drop towards the top end. I noticed an improvement in a few cases, however in HE2 for some reason it didn't seem to help.


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