Would My Room Benefit From Acoustics? The greatest benefit of acoustics is the reduction of
un-wanted noise. Just like tape hiss or record scratch (from the
“old days”) all rooms store and re-play sound.
This stored noise makes it difficult
to hear your music or movie soundtrack clearly. But, because the
noise is below the level of your music, it blends in and isn’t
Want to hear the noise?
ASC has a simple test.
Play your music or movie at the volume
you really enjoy;
Hit PAUSE on your player;
Listen for how long it takes for the sound to die away.
If the sound didn’t stop INSTANTLY,
that extra amount is what is always below the surface. Remove
that noise, everything sounds better! Dialogue becomes easy to
understand and music reveals its subtlety. You’ll want to
listen to every movie and CD you own all over again.
However, if the sound DID stop instantly,
you either have a perfect or an overdamped room. A room that extinguishes
all sound is easy to indentify. When you walk in, the walls seem
to close in on you. People tend to talk louder, because their voices
disappear as soon as they say something.
ASC's goal is to control acoustics
so the room remains lively and natural sounding, while improving
the articulation (intelligibility) and enjoyment. This is called
“voicing”, and while it is not an ASC exclusive, it
is what we are known for.