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Overview
Types of Acoustic Panels

Overview

How do acoustic panels work?

Acoustic panels provide the simple yet important function of absorbing sound. You can think of them like acoustical black holes – sound goes in and doesn’t come back out. Acoustic panels won’t make the source of sound go away, of course, but cutting down on the harsh echoes and empty ringing sounds coming from the walls can make a big difference.

Why does absorbing sound help?

The length of time it takes for a sound reverberation within a room to die off to inaudibility is called the RT value of the room. RT stands for reverberation time. In an untreated room for sound control, the RT60 values can carry for up to 10 seconds or longer. The problem defined is that the human ear can tolerate just 1.5 to 2.0 seconds worth of sound reverberation. Beyond this level, sound reflections become blurred, competing with new sound signals, and delivering unhealthy levels of what is called “background noise.”

WHY ABSORB SOUND REVERBERATION?

Good quality sound absorption will serve to slow down sound wave reflections, cleaning out unhealthy levels of background noise in a room, while restoring the room back to good acoustic balance with good clarity to original sound. For commercial settings, less background noise will trigger a more comfortable acoustic environment for groups of people that congregate in one room. No longer will people need to shout over the background noise to communicate.

How do I know what size and quantity of acoustic panels I need for my space?

There are two factors when determining the square footage of acoustic panels needed for a given space: the area and surface materials of the space. To calculate the area of the space, we will need to know the length, width and height of the room. We also need to know the surface materials of the space, which includes the walls, floor, and ceiling.

Does it matter where the acoustic panels are placed?

In general, where you place the acoustic panels in a room is not critical. A visually pleasant appearance is often the guiding factor in placement. The most important thing is simply to get the total needed square footage of panels into the room somewhere. No matter where you place them, the panels will soak up the extra sound that is bouncing off every surface in the room.

That said, we do have a couple of non-critical guidelines for acoustic panel placement.

First, you get more absorption per square foot of panel when the panel is placed in or near a corner. In other words, you will need slightly fewer panels in your room if you place some of them in or near corners.

Second, if there is a primary source of sound in the room, such as speakers in one corner of the room, it’s a good idea to place panels at first reflection points. These are places where the sound can come from the source, bounce once, and reach the listener. For example, on the side walls of a listening room approximately midway between the listener and the speakers. This is because sound that reaches the listener after traveling an indirect path arrives just a little later than sound that came directly from the source. This means your brain has to sort out multiple copies of the same sound, making things sound less clear and making speech more difficult to understand. Adding acoustic panels at the first reflection points reduces the late-arriving sound so your brain can focus on one clear copy of the sound.

Specifications

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Components

  • Frame
    • Material – Aluminum
    • Gauge – 14 (0.075 mil)
    • 60 % Post-Consumer Recycled Content
    • 100% Recyclable
    • Standard Finish – Brushed Aluminum
    • Optional Finish – Powder Coated
    • Standard Powder Coated Colors
      • Glossy Black, Flat Black, White and Silver
    • Custom Powder Coated Colors Available
    • Made in the USA
  • Fabric
    • Material – 100% Polyester
    • Weight – 5 Ounces
    • Flammability – ASTM E84 Class A
    • 100% Acoustically Transparent
    • Machine-Sewn Silicone Seal, Pliable for the Life of the Fabric
    • Made in the USA
  • Acoustic Fiberglass
    • Thickness – 1” and 2”
    • Density – 6 PCF
    • Flammability – ASTM E84 Class A
    • 50% Post-Consumer Recycled Content
    • Binders, Rapidly Renewable Bio-Based Materials
    • GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified
    • GREENGUARD Children and Schools Certified
    • No Formaldehyde, Phenol, Acrylics or Artificial Colors
    • No VOCs
    • No Off-Gassing
    • No Mold
    • No Odor
    • Made in the USA

Acoustic Performance

  • Independent Acoustic Lab NRC: .80 – 1.0 (80 – 100% sound absorption performance)
  • Reduces Echo
  • Increases Speech Intelligibility
  • Improves Ambient Sound Levels
  • Increases Employee Productivity and Customer Comfort

Dyefusion Technology

  • Advanced dye-sublimation printing process transfers with heat, fusing dye into the fabric’s fiber, not topically on the surface
  • Ultra-fine saturation allows sound waves to travel fluidly through the fabric weave, maintaining lab-tested acoustic values

Skin

  • Washable
  • 25-Year Fade Resistant
  • 100% UV Resistant
  • Silicone Gasket Trimmed for Skinning and Re-Skinning Ease