Acoustic panels are excellent at absorbing sound waves inside a space to reduce reverb or echo. They can help quiet down a space as well, but the largest benefits come from improving speech intelligibility and sound quality. Acoustic panels will not stop sound from traveling between two spaces – we call that soundproofing.
How acoustic panels remove sound from a space requires a bit of technical understanding. Imagine you’re in a room. This room is filled with an insane number of tiny particles. When you speak, you’re not throwing sound around the room like a tennis ball. You’re energizing molecules in a semi-sphere around yourself. The more molecules that are “excited”, the more you’ll get that sense of reverb and echo. Acoustic panels work by inserting friction into this space, so that sound energy turns to heat energy faster. More acoustical panels (or more sound control) means sound energy fizzles out faster.
When the sound energy hits a reflective surface or is traveling through open air, it loses energy very slowly. When the sound energy hits a soft, absorptive material like an acoustic panel, it’s turned into heat very quickly which prevents it from energizing additional molecules.
Let’s assume we’re talking about your typical room (NOT a home theater). The most important thing is to add ANY absorption to the room, as every additional sabin will reduce reverb and echo. More acoustic panels means more total absorption in the space.
That being said, it is STRONGLY recommended that you follow some general guidelines to ensure you get the most out of your acoustic panels.
Hmm, another complicated question. Don’t you love an “it depends” answer? There are 5 factors to consider:
If we know these things, the answer is pretty simple – we just need to do a little math to determine the correct number of acoustic panels for the room. Reach out to a Second Skin acoustics professional to get an analysis done of your space. With that said, smaller rooms with a normal ceiling height (8’ high) are easier. Here’s a couple examples that may be helpful for your room.
There are a huge variety of methods for installing acoustic panels. Our favorite method is with Rotofast Snap-On Anchors, which we go into detail with our how to install acoustic panels article.
Our preferred installation methods depend on the specific panel, but they include:
In a high fidelity listening environment, like a home theater, optimal placement of the acoustic panels is very important.
A home theater is different than your typical room because there are consistent sources of sound (the speakers) and you actually care about peak sound quality. Because we’re in that specific situation, we are going to think of sound like that little pong ball in the old school videogame “Pong” (Oh no, are we dating ourselves?) Every time sound hits a hard surface, it changes direction, and loses some of its energy. We want to intercept the sounds in a home theater at the “first reflection”, which is the direct path from the speaker to your ear if the sound wave were to bounce off the ceiling or wall.
You also should be installing bass traps and other methods of sound control, but we go into detail on that in our home theater acoustic panel article.
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A room with bad acoustics can be as disappointing as Game of Thrones season 8. But fortunately for those wanting to know how to reduce echoes in a room, this problem is one we still have time to fix. All you need is the proper square footage of acoustic panels, a little know-how on how to place them, and two working arms. We’ve got you covered on the first two.Shop Acoustic Panels
Sometimes the stakes are too high to cut corners on sound quality. When recording audio or designing an auditorium, planning for proper acoustics will save you time, money, and heartache.
The trend towards open office plans has increased the importance of sound absorbing materials and acoustics material to prevent the buildup of reverberant noise. Studies show that increasing noise in an office environment substantially reduces employee performance on cognitively demanding tasks. Employers still want the open office for the collaboration and comradery built by a workforce that has frequent encounters. Don’t settle. Get both with proper sound proofing and acoustical treatments such as acoustic panels.Shop Acoustic Panels
There’s an easy answer and a complicated answer. We’ll start with the “non-acoustic consultant” answer, because sometimes you just need some basic guidance.Learn More
Acoustic panel placement can feel complicated, but it actually can be quite easy! If you’ve got a more average room, some quick advice is really all you need.Learn More
The best way to install acoustic panels is with the Rotofast Snap-On Anchor system. Fast, easy, and included for free with any panels you order.Learn More