Acoustic Treatment vs Soundproofing

What’s the difference?

What’s the difference between acoustic treatment and soundproofing? This is one of the most common questions we get, and we’re here to make sure you are making educated purchases and set the correct expectations for your room treatments. 

Acoustic treatments

Changing the sound inside the room for clarity. 

We create acoustic treatments. These are products that are designed and proven to absorb and improve the sound within a space, giving the listener a true-er and better listening experience. 

Acoustic treatment focuses on treating and reducing naturally occurring reverberation based on the shape of the space, including low-frequency build-up in corners, standing waves, and room modes, and other problems facing listening rooms, recording studios, lecture halls, concert halls, restaurants, offices, churches, and other environments where critical listening is important.

Soundproofing and Isolation

Stopping the sound from travelling outside of the space.

Our products are designed to improve the sound within a room. They will somewhat dampen sound that bleeds from one room to the next, but they will not 100% mitigate sound from traveling between rooms.

If you are looking for sound proofing – which is sound isolation – the only real way to achieve that is with mass. And that means construction. You’d need to build additional walls on top of existing walls, allow for an air gap, and provide insulation. The physics of sound is such that mass is the only way to fully isolate sound from bleeding through walls. And please be careful about other companies that may tell you otherwise. They’re not being honest if they tell you they have a product that will soundproof your room; it just isn’t possible with the laws of physics. We would hate for you to be misled by a dubious company.

If you were dealing with other frequencies (say, low bass tones from music), and you wanted to soundproof a room; we would have to examine other solutions. The only way to fully soundproof a room is with mass – and that means construction of new walls on top of existing walls to create an air gap and add insulation. The science of soundwaves is such that there is not a product you can put on walls to soundproof a room. Some companies may claim to provide soundproofing products, but it’s just not possible.

Soundproofing Suggestions

Mitigating unwanted external noise

If you need soundproofing, which is desired as a way to stop sound from “bleeding” into or out of a space from another space, some of the easier and cheaper methods have to do with doors and ceilings. Consider these suggestions:

  1. Better sealing around windows and doors. Consider installing new windows or re-caulking around existing windows. Higher quality windows & doors, which usually means more mass and an airtight seal. Weather stripping / sealing doors and windows is always helpful.

    Bottom Door Seals

    Draft Buster

    Depends on the windows, but casement windows will have what looks like your refrigerator door around the perimeter. Double hung windows have sweeps that are felt/rubber where the two windows meet and along the sides and top/bottom.
  2. Blown-in insulation in the walls will help reduce noise. If you can’t put insulation in the shared wall with the noise source, then lining the entire wall with absorption panels (like our 244 Bass Traps) will likely approximate that in performance.
  3. Move seating away from windows