Soundproofing Plus: Knowing the Differences in Acoustical Soundproofing

Knowing the Differences in Acoustical Soundproofing

Talking about acoustical soundproofing is like discussing good food. Everyone has a general idea about the topic, but the specific definition depends on what you want to cook. French or Italian? Complicated or simple? Beef or chicken? For a meal to hit the spot, you need to figure out the right recipe.

Acoustical soundproofing is the same way. The term “soundproofing” covers a lot of ground, and the difference between “tasty” and “not what I wanted” depends on getting the right material for your particular issue

Soundproofing breaks down into two main categories: sound absorption and sound blocking. Sound absorbers are used to clean up the sound inside a space. They work by exposing an absorptive surface to the sound source, trapping high and mid frequencies to prevent echo, reverb, and distortion.

Sound blockers, on the other hand, are used to keep sound from entering or leaving a space. While sound absorbers are typically soft and pillow-like, sound blockers are usually dense and heavy, because they depend on density and mass to stop sound.

Those are the basic differences—the meat and potatoes, if you will—but there’s a lot more spice to consider before you make an acoustical soundproofing decision. Our video on sound absorption vs. sound blocking is a great start. Follow it up with a call to 866-505-MUTE (6883) or a visit to and you’ll be able to get all the expert advice you need to make the right choice in soundproofing.

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