Identifying Sound Acoustic Foam and Its Use at Home
Room acoustics is always associated with two different kind of foam used for audio improvement: sound absorbing foam and sound proofing foam. These two do different things and are used for different purposes. Sound absorbing foam is exactly as it is called: it absorbs sound waves and prevents it from bouncing back, which would produce echoes. Sound proofing foam on the other hand prevents sound from passing through the walls of an outfitted room, thus keeping the sound created within pure and undisturbed by external noise.
When we speak of sound acoustic foam, we are actually talking about sound absorbing foam. These are easily recognizable by their uneven and often-serrated surfaces. Their texture isn’t smooth either. They are truly made of foam and therefore have the texture similar to felt paper, only that they have a distinctly sturdy feel.
They often resemble egg trays, which is also one reason why egg trays are often used as makeshift sound acoustic foam. The carton, although stiffer than foam, also works quite well in keeping the sound waves from bouncing back too much to produce echoes.
This foam is often used in recording studios, call centers, movie houses, theaters and the like.
Can You Install Sound Acoustic Foam at Home?
Most people may not know it, but there are so many places at home where sound acoustic foam would be very useful.
An entertainment or TV room at home is an excellent example. Sometimes when the television is turned on too loudly, the sound coming out reverberates throughout the room. This becomes obvious when you literally feel and hear vibrations on the walls and the floor when the bass gets too loud or drum beats are literally beating out of the speaker boxes. If the walls are all concrete and there no windows in the room, chances are the sound will be echoing all over the room. This sometimes makes it difficult to clearly hear what’s being said on the screen.
If you install sound acoustic foam, you will get to appreciate your surround sound even more, that’s for sure. Without the annoying echoes and thundering reverberations going on, you and your family will be able to enjoy a real home theatre experience thanks to the superbly crisp and clear sound that goes with your movie watching.
In some households, the children’s playroom is outfitted with panels of sound acoustic foam. Many do this in order to have a semblance of peace and quiet even when the little kids are at home and yelling their happy hearts out in their playroom. This is also useful if the playroom is adjacent to a public room, say, the dining area or the living room.
If you have a generator at home that’s housed in your basement, you should definitely install sound acoustic foam in order to muffle the loud sound when it is put to use. Sound proofing foam is actually the best answer for this; but if you only have sound absorbing foam at hand, you can still utilize it albeit with imperfect results.