The Mystery of Acoustic Panels

The How and Why of Acoustic Panels?

Acoustic panels are specifically designed to dampen echo, reverberation and reduce the amount of reflected sound with the appropriate amount of acoustic panels.

It is the panel’s core material that captures and converts the unwanted sound into heat energy. By capturing unwanted sound waves, you will achieve crisper sound clarity. As a result, music will sound better, a dialogue will be more come intelligible and rooms will be rendered more acoustically user-friendly. Whether you want a quiet listening room, a comfortable intimate conversation area, or a dramatic-sounding home theatre, acoustic panels will offer you this benefit when they are installed in the appropriate amount and the proper locations.

How are Acoustic Panel Constructed?

Sound panels are made of three elements: an absorptive core usually compressed fiberglass, as this material provides good control of sound at various frequencies, a rigid type of edging, and an acoustical fabric available in numerous styles and colors to complement the aesthetics of your room décor. The acoustic panels are manufactured in various thicknesses.
Generally, 2” acoustic panels’ control sound in the middle and upper-frequency range provide you with a perfect NRC of 1.00. The use of 4” thick sound panels are to control more of the bass frequencies and are mainly installed in corners.

Amount of Acoustic Panels?

When considering purchasing some acoustic panels to improve the acoustics of a room, you need to determine the appropriate amount so the area is not under-treated giving you some sound decay or over-treated giving you diminished sound return. Also, the amount of treatment you can install will be affected by your budget for the project. Acoustic treatment can be planned to be done in stages.

To determine the number of panels required, can be quite complex especially if you are trying to achieve a specific frequency level. Although, there are some basic guidelines that can be considered for your more typical room. The most useful method is to determine the room’s volume, consider the shape and size of the room and its surface finishes. With this information, we can calculate and determine the required amount of acoustic treatment.

To help you determine a budget for acoustic treatment and if you want to just take the edge off a room, you can calculate, for comfortable listening space that you will need to cover approximately 20 to 30% of two adjacent wall spaces, assuming the room is an average size and shape. In rooms with peaked ceilings, the ceiling will need to be treated first as the shape of the ceiling amplifies sound. To place the acoustic panels, they work best if they can be located as evenly as possible.

Office spaces, meeting rooms, community centers, music rooms, and home theatres required proper acoustic treatment. These types of areas, generally, require additional considerations and it is recommended to obtain advice to determine the best and most cost-effective solution.

If you have an area of concern, please feel free to contact us and we would be glad to provide you, with no obligation information to address your acoustic concerns and different type of options.

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