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Sound masking vs sound absorption [message #88900] Thu, 27 September 2018 13:19 Go to next message
sawyer25 is currently offline  sawyer25
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These two terms are used interchangeably when talking about acoustic treatment but their application can be confusing. What is the main difference and is it important to consider the difference when looking to improve room acoustics?
Re: Sound masking vs sound absorption [message #88999 is a reply to message #88900] Thu, 11 October 2018 09:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Rusty is currently offline  Rusty
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Recently I replaced some old flimsy curtains with some insulated ones. They stand out from the window more also. I think it has really enhanced the quality of sound within the room, seems there's more detail with the music. Curtains I found out aren't all that cheap, even all the peripheral hardware is expensive. I saved money by making the curtain rods out of electrical conduit and spray paint with wooden drawer knobs screwed to a dowel and just press fit on the end's. Something to consider with a spouse that would roll their eyes at the notion of acoustic panels all over the walls.
Re: Sound masking vs sound absorption [message #89003 is a reply to message #88900] Thu, 11 October 2018 18:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jazzy is currently offline  Jazzy
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Based on the terminology used, sound masking is like a sound filtering. I think this is similar to the thin foam placed over the microphone, or the cloth screen between the singer and the microphone when recording in a studio.

Sound absorption can be what Rusty has described.
Re: Sound masking vs sound absorption [message #90011 is a reply to message #89003] Fri, 05 April 2019 09:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Madison is currently offline  Madison
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Rusty, did you use thermal insulated curtains such as the kind that are supposed to help with energy efficiency? Or did you use some other specialty curtain that mainly targets sound? Your project sounds cool. I'm glad to hear it turned out well.
Re: Sound masking vs sound absorption [message #90078 is a reply to message #90011] Wed, 10 April 2019 09:29 Go to previous message
Rusty is currently offline  Rusty
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They were called room darkening curtains. They have some insulating material to them sandwiched in. Got them at Costco on sale. The curtains would have been cheaper than the hardware to hang them if I hadn't hit upon using the conduit pipe. That's where they get you in the pocket book.
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