Sound Diffusion Explained
What is Sound Diffusion
When a sound wave hits a smooth flat surface it will bounce off that surface at the same angle at which it reached it. For example, a sound wave hitting a glass panel at 45 degrees will bounce off it at 45 degrees. But when a sound wave hits an uneven or irregular surface it will reflect off each part of that surface at the angle in which it hit therefore dispersing the waves in multiple angles, evenly disseminating (or diffusing) the sound through the given space.
Is Diffusion the same as Absorption?
No, this is a common misperception. However it isn’t a case of diffusion versus absorption – both are important for a pristine listening and acoustic experience.
The Benefits of Sound Diffusion in the Workplace
Sound diffusion solutions are particularly effective at removing dead spots in a space. Sound waves travel in straight lines, continuing until they hit a surface that changes their direction. This means a rectangular room, for example, will have sound waves bouncing off between walls which will often create flat spots acoustically – areas of the room where the echo (reverberation) is not so obvious.
Where Should I Implement Sound Diffusion?
Where to place sound diffusers is dependant on what you want from your listening experience. The purpose of the room is the biggest factor in the placement of diffusers.
Contact Creatif to discuss how we can assist achieve acoustic comfort in workspace environments. Having spaces with the correct acoustic design enhances employee wellness, retention and performance.