Soundproofing Vs. Sound Absorption
To completely soundproof your conference room, you’re going to need a combination of soundproofing products and sound absorption products. Soundproofing products contain sound and prevent it from traveling to other areas of a building. Meanwhile sound absorption products absorb the sound that bounces from open areas in your conference room. Sound absorption is what solves your poor acoustics, ambient noise, and that annoying echo.
“Many conference rooms are designed with glass walls, hard ceilings, whiteboards and big-screen televisions on the walls,” points out Steve Johnson, founder of ADI Workplace Acoustics.
“All of these materials reflect sound very effectively, so the sound of speech bounces around from one hard surface to the next. It has nowhere to go but around and around the room.”