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4 Types Of Acoustic Foam Tiles - Control The Sound, Remove The Noise

Updated on February 2, 2012

4 Types Of Acoustic Foam Tiles - Beware, They Are NOT All The Same!

If you were thinking about improving the sound of your media room, then acoustic foam tiles are certainly a possible solution. They are inexpensive and can improve the sound more than thousands of dollars invested in electronic audio equipment. Plus they can remove the ouside noises!

We will describe four different types of acoustic foam panels. They will help you get the best sound in the room with the least financial outlay.

The four kinds of acoustic panels are: Smooth acoustic foam, egg crate foam, wedge acoustic foam, and a combination or diffuse acoustic foam.

Acoustic foam tiles
Acoustic foam tiles

Four Types Of Acoustic Foam Tiles, Including Acoustic Foam Egg Crate And Wedge Style Acoustic Foam

These are four principal types. Check them all out, they do not all work the same!

We'll quickly describe here four types of acoustic foam you can use to either prevent the sound from leaving the room, or entering the room.

We will describe four different types of acoustic foam panels. They will help you get the best sound in the room with the least financial outlay.

The four kinds of acoustic panels are: Smooth acoustic foam, egg crate foam, wedge acoustic foam, and a combination or diffuse acoustic foam.

Acoustic Foam, The Smooth Type

Smooth surfaces are not the best because they reflect more sound rather than absorbing it.

This can be a disadvantage, and we usually do not recomment smooth acoustic foams. The only advantage we see is storage. Such acoustic foam can easily be rolled up and transported and stored compactly.

Acoustic Foam In The Shape Of The Egg Crate

Also known as the pyramid acoustic foam. Usually features four-side pyramids sticking out of the base sheet. Because of this, it will reflect the sound less, and absorb more. The reflected sound will be directed in various directions.

The disadvantage of egg crate shaped acoustic foam is that, in the direction of either horizontal or vertical grove, the reflection will be higher.

Acoustic Foam, Wedge Style

These feature wedges sticking out of the base. The advantage is that there is only a single direction along which the sound will be less absorbed.

Just position the wedges approximately perpendicular to the expected propagation of the impinging sound and you will get the maximum absorption effect.

Irregularly Shaped Acoustic Foam Surfaces

You have seen the disadvantages of wedge acoustic foams and pyramid acoustic foams.

In contrast, a complex shaped surface acoustic foam strives to have no preferred direction at all. It achieves that by combining various surface covering curves.

You will find more information on acoustic foams on this page Auralex Acoustic Foam Tiles.

If you would prefer acoustic curtains instead of acoustic panels, go to the section Sound Proofing Curtains For Home.

Get Acoustic Foam Tiles Cheap On Amazon - Some of the Auralex prices are just amazing!

Surprisingly so, Amazon offers a great selection of Auralex and other acoustic foam tiles. Prices are incredibly cheap and ordering is very convenient and safe at Amazon.

Not decided yet? A Quick Review Of Acoustic Foam Tiles Mentioned

Plain, Wedge, Egg Crate, Complex, which one is best for you?

If you are looking for easy storage, and don't care about maximum sound absorption per unit weight, go for smooth surfaces.

If you know where the sound is coming from predominantly, use wedge style.

If you want to disperse the incoming sound in multiple directions and absorb it, use either egg create acoustic foam, or, better, complex surface shaped acoustic foam tiles.

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