The problem with media rooms

More and more professionals are working from home. This means that the home office is changing from a corner desk to a full-on work environment. With the advent of powerful communication tools such as Skype now available to our connected world, tele-commuting and video conferencing now plays a larger role in the workplace as folks shift their daytime activities from two or three hour commuting to staying off the roads and being more productive. Anyone that has listened to a second rate webinar knows full well that more often than not, hearing and understanding the dialog can be tenuous due to the poor sound. People do not realize is that the sound quality has very little to do with the microphone. The microphone is not selective. It captures everything inside the room.  The problem is the walls, ceiling and windows are made from hard, highly reflective surfaces that are perfect incubators for echo. The microphone ‘flattens the sound’

picking up both the wanted voice and unwanted room noise. The room acoustics are so poor that it makes communication nearly impossible. Broadcasters have been treating their stations with acoustic panels for nearly 100 years. The same applies when broadcasting over the internet.

How can Primacoustic help you?

Hard surfaces from walls and windows reflect energy back into the room. Unlike our ears and brain, the ‘dumb’ microphone has no way to discern what is important and what to leave out. So it merely captures everything including the unwanted room reflections. At the receive end, the listener only hears what is coming out of the speakers and must work overly hard to comprehend. They tune out.  The solution is to apply Broadway™ 2” (5cm) thick acoustic panels to 18% to 25% of the wall surface in the video area. Mounting panels with Impalers™ is as easy as hanging a picture. Once installed, they will significantly reduce room chatter (reverberation time or RT) and make it much easier to comprehend what is being said. The side benefit is that it will also make the work space much quieter and more relaxing to work in. Applying acoustic panels to the wall surface at the receive end also makes it easier to understand what is being transmitted over the loudspeakers. Broadway panels come in choice of three aesthetically neutral colors or may be ordered as white Paintables™ for custom color matching or to add graphics and photos.

Executive Summary

  • Creates a more comfortable working environment
  • Improves intelligibility when broadcasting a video conference
  • Makes is easier to hear and understand transmitted presentations
  • Reduces stress and improves work output