What are acoustics? How does high reverberation occur and how can you improve acoustics?
The importance of pleasant acoustics is increasingly recognised. After all, a pleasant sound quality at work, school or at home leads to more comfort, better speech intelligibility and more peace and quiet.
On this page, you will find further explanations and tips for improving acoustics at home or at work.
An interior with many hard materials such as concrete, glass or a cast floor often causes poor acoustics. This is because sound waves encountering a hard surface are reflected.
These reflections result in not only a direct but also an indirect sound entering the room. The indirect sound is perceptible as reverberation. Reverberation in a religious building can be pleasant, but in an office or classroom it is undesirable.
High reverberation makes it more difficult to understand each other. This requires extra effort and concentration. As a result, the brain is tired faster, productivity goes down and stress levels go up.
What benefits do good acoustics bring?
You can remove reverberation from a room by making the surfaces that reflect sound waves absorbent. This can include ceiling and wall surfaces. In particular, surfaces around seating areas and desks are good places to add acoustic solutions.
To reduce reverberation in the room as a whole, acoustic facilities should be distributed evenly around the room. A plastered ceiling causes reflections throughout the room. So to get the acoustics right in the whole room, it is important to place acoustic elements over the ceiling.