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Lowering Home Echo and Reverb

The Issue

Lorraine McQueen contacted Acoustical Solutions to assist with lowering home echo and reverb, specifically within the kitchen and living areas. She noticed when having social gatherings, once a few people were talking, all the reflective surfaces in the space were causing a good deal of noise reflection.

About the Client

Lorraine McQueen is a residential homeowner who was looking to treat her kitchen and living area for echo and reverb.

The Challenge

Guests were having to increase the volume of their voices to get over the ambient noise in the room.

The Solution

After some conversations with Mark Brock to determine some possible fixes, it was decided that our Sales Engineer would come onsite to discuss layout and installation options. The area for the acoustical treatment was about 16’ long by 31.5’ wide, with a 10’ high ceiling. This was in a residential environment, so the solutions provided needed to be suitable for a home and would also need to blend in or add to the existing décor.

Based on the application, we determined acoustical foam across the tops of the cabinets, a fabric-wrapped ceiling panel above the kitchen island, and an Acoustiart panel next to the stairwell would be the best fit.

Custom cut 1.5″ Alphasorb® Light Grey Flat Foam for the tops of the kitchen cabinets. We also provided one-inch-thick AlphaSorb® Fabric Wrapped Acoustic Ceiling Clouds in Guilford of Maine Anchorage Fabric. The cloud panels were cut to custom sizes for the ceiling, and we manufactured a custom AlphaSorb® Art Panel for the wall.

Lowering Home Echo and Reverb

A strategically-placed AlphaSorb® Acoustic Art Panel helped tame excess echo in this residence

Acoustic Panels placed on top of kitchen cabinets

Lightweight acoustic foam panels placed on top of cabinets helped reduce echo in the kitchen

The Result

Reverb time after treatment is roughly .68 seconds, making conversations much easier and providing a more comfortable space for gathering.

In the Customer’s Own Words

“Our kitchen and sunroom were loud and echoey. We looked online for possible providers and found Acoustical Solutions. I called to explain the problem and what I was looking to accomplish, and the staff was responsive and helpful. Acoustical Solutions came to the house, looked at our space, and proposed a solution. We installed several panels on the ceiling and above cabinets, which greatly reduced the echo and solved our problem.”

— Lorraine McQueen, Homeowner

To learn more about how Acoustical Solutions can solve your noise control problems, use our contact form, call one of our Acoustical Sales Consultants at (800) 782-5742, or visit us on the web at acousticalsolutions.com.