What is sound?

A sound wave is the pattern of disturbance caused by the movement of energy traveling through a medium as it moves away from the source of the sound. The source is some object that causes a vibration. The vibration disturbs the particles in the surrounding medium; those particles disturb those next to them, and so on. The pattern of the disturbance creates outward movement in a wave pattern. The wave carries the sound energy through the medium, usually in all directions and less intensely as it moves further from the source.

How are sound waves affected by the surrounding environment?

There are 3 common reactions: (1) Reflection: All of the sound wave bounces off the surface (i.e. wall, ceiling, furniture). (2) Absorption: Some of the sound wave is absorbed (i.e. 3D panels, modular panels, absorber panels, foam, cork). (3) Diffusion: All of the sound wave is diffused (i.e. diffuser panels).

What are reflections and how do they affect my listening experience?

Sound reflections negatively impact hearing by increasing feedback noise and diluting the sound at its source. The digram below shows the effect of sound reflections on the listener.

 

How do I know which acoustic panels will best suit my needs?

Buying acoustic products can seem like a confusing experience because of the variety of products available. We are here to assist you in choosing the right product to suit your needs – just send us an email or give us a call 🙂