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Want to hear acoustic diffusion? – Audio Demo

Acoustics First® would like to announce our “Binaural Bob meets the ArtDiffusor® Model D – Audio Demo”.

While acoustic diffusion has become a common acoustic treatment, many people still struggle to explain exactly what diffusion does, or what it sounds like – and because how we hear is subjective – we at Acoustics First feel that the best way to explain it, is to let you experience it.

We have created a demo to let you compare what a room sounds like with no treatment, good diffusion treatment, and extensive diffusion treatment.

The setup is as follows:

Custom Binaural Head – Binaural Bob

The demo uses different noise makers to help you hear the room:
1. A Balloon Pop
2. Bang-Snaps (Pop-Its)
3. Slamming a Book Shut

The space is configured three different ways:

1. No Treatment (Bare Walls)
2. Good Diffusion Treatment (9 ArtDiffusor® Model D at Ear Level)
3. Extensive Diffusion Treatment (27 ArtDiffusor® Model D Distributed)

Art Diffusor® Model D –

Panoramic – 9 Model D Treatment Demo

Panoramic – 27 Model D Treatment Demo

While the Demo is best experienced with a pair of reference headphones – earbuds or decent speakers should work as well.  The headphones allow you the ability to hear the room just like it sounded when the test was run without hearing your own room – Think of it like auditory immersion. This is the best way (we’ve found) to compare the results of adding high-quality diffusers to an inferior space.

The test is run in rounds, you will hear the same noise (a Balloon Pop, for example) in each room configuration (First Untreated, then with Good Treatment, and finally Extensive Treatment) before progressing to the next round.  The image will show the room configuration (and the noise producer in the upper corner) while the sound is played.

The Demo is as follows:
1. Balloon Pop (1 Round)- Untreated, Good Treatment, Extensive Treatment
2. Bang-snaps (3 rounds) – Untreated, Good Treatment, Extensive Treatment
3. Book Slam (2 rounds) – Untreated, Good Treatment, Extensive Treatment

Note: ArtDiffuser® Model D units were the only acoustic treatments used in this demo.

While we would rarely treat a room only with diffusers, the results of treating this space with just diffusers was interesting…

The diffusers reduced the SPL from 89 dB down to 87dB according to a pink noise test with the handy-dandy Radio Shack SPL meter…
and
Cut the RT(60) from about .7 seconds down to about .4 seconds…

Sometimes hearing is believing.
Believe it!

– Acoustics First®.