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Good sound insulation. How to mute the audiophile's room?

Each audiophile takes care to ensure that the songs he listens to have the highest possible sound quality. One should be aware that in order for this to happen it is not enough to have very high quality equipment, but it is no less important to take care of proper acoustic insulation. A room where the audiophile listens to music should protect against outside sounds. Here are some tips on how to mute the room to guarantee sound absorption, which significantly affects the reverberation time, and also prevents the occurrence of resonance.

Room acoustics

The acoustics of a room depends, among other things, on its shape, proportions and cubic capacity of the materials used in its decoration. Sound is wave-like in nature and the wave moves at a very high speed (344 m/s). Sounds heard by the human ear are the sum of sound waves that reach people directly, as well as those reflected several times from the walls in the room and other obstacles (such as furniture or other interior furnishings). These waves reflect and over time become less audible because they have been suppressed or absorbed by obstacles. After some time, the waves are completely bent and the sound is silent.

Basics of acoustics

The time when the sound disappears completely (its intensity drops to just one millionth of a dB) is the reverberation time. It is thanks to it that the acoustic absorption of a room can be determined. It depends on the size of the room, as well as the amount of sound absorbing materials in the room. If the reverberation time is long, further sounds are heard by the audiophile before the previous sounds can be heard. Unfortunately, this makes it very difficult to understand the interlocutor and listen to music. In places that are very long, such as staircases in blocks of flats or empty corridors, there is no acoustic comfort.

Contrary to appearances, also a short reverberation time is not a good solution for people who like to listen to music in very favourable conditions. A short reverberation is a good solution in conference rooms, where the sound is dry and very clear. In a music room, the reverberation time should therefore be neither too long nor too short. The most conducive value for audiophiles is usually achieved by multiple attempts and errors.