Soundproofing Panels: What's the Difference between Soundproofing and Sound Absorption?

How are soundproofing panels different than sound absorbing acoustical panels?

In most cases, there is no difference. We find the large majority of people who ask about soundproofing panels are really looking for a sound absorption product such as acoustic panels. In the acoustics industry, "soundproofing" is not technically the correct word to use when describing any material or product with a main function of absorbing sound waves. Soundproofing, in the broadest terms, suggests attaining total containment of sound within a confined area. To acheive this ideal is difficult or impossible for most end users looking to treat an acoustics problem in a finished environment. It would require cost prohibitive mechanical and acoustical re-engineering as well as a sound barrier and isolated chamber to gain something close to a soundproofing effect.

You can learn more about how acoustic panels work here: How Do "Soundproof" Panels Work?

I need soundproofing panels...errr, I mean sound absorbing panels. Now what? 

Check out our acoustic panels. Find a design or style you like at a price that meets your rough ideas for budget. Submit a free room analysis form, or call or chat with us to get help estimate the number of panels you need to treat your space and your unique set of needs. Whether you call them soundproofing panels or sound absorption panels or acoustical panels or any other variation of the name, our acoustic specialists will be happy to help.