Can you Sound Proof Your Home Theater?

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There always discussions on how to get your home theater center more quiet, isolated, or even completely sound proof. Is is realistic to ask if you can really sound proof your home theater? And what about all those audio absorption/reflection panels you see offered? Will they cut down on external noise, or are they for something else?

We found a pretty good explanation of the difference in the two concepts:  sound proofing or isolation and sound absorption. There are products that address both of these issues, but you really really need to decide what you are trying to accomplish – a truly studio type soundproof space or a room with good acoustic properties, (the right amount of deadening and audio-reflection control, etc.)

Sound Absorption vs. Sound Blocking (ie soundproofing)

 

To really “sound proof” or totally isolate your home theater, you would have to build what most acoustic engineers simply refer to as a “room within a room”, that is, completely isolated inner flooring, walls, and ceiling that basically “float” within another space.  By float, we’re talking about insulation and special isolating materials that do not transfer audio energy; these are used to separate the inner room. It’s extremely costly, and except for really critical applications, just not necessary.  Most people focus on just getting the acoustics a little better: eliminating terrible echos, using various materials in your design to stifle unwanted reflections.  We’ll have more on soundproofing your home theater and related acoustic topics in later posts.

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