Is Sound Masking Just White Noise?

Category: Sound Masking
August 5, 2019

Perhaps the most important aspect that is often overlooked in business is secrecy and privacy. Some industries may not have to worry about this, but many industries require a high level of secrecy. One of a business owner’s worst nightmares is for a competitor to steal information. Corporate information theft is unfortunately a serious problem and is something that you need to take into account. You may have heard of both white noise and sound masking, but what are these things? And how do they relate to your privacy?

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White Noise

White noise is similar to the static you would hear on an AM radio when not tuned in to a station. It’s meant to block out sounds from outside, and to block out your conversations. The white noise comes from a machine somewhere in the room, and they tend to be a little distracting to those who use them. Most people prefer to use a Maryland sound masking system rather than a white noise machine.

Maryland Sound Masking

Sound masking has the same intent as a white noise machine, to block your conversations out and provide privacy, but tends to be a little more effective. White noise includes all frequencies at equal energy and can be annoying, but sound masking is specifically at the frequency of human speech.

White noise is a localized machine which means that you can tell where the sound is coming from, but sound masking offers a much more immersive experience, as the sound is coming from everywhere. When your Maryland sound masking system is set up properly the noise should completely fade into the background. There won’t be any gaps in sound and there should be a constant sound field throughout the entire office.

How Your Sound Masking System Works

The most important part of the Maryland sound masking process is the initial plan. Every aspect of your office needs to be taken into account. Everything from your light fixtures to your walls to the material of your ceiling. Then you need to develop a plan that places sound masking speakers (emitters) around the office with appropriate spacing.

There are two main kinds of sound masking, direct field and networking. Direct field sound masking aims downward and keeps obstructions from interfering with the sound masking. Networked sound masking allows for individual speaker control, meaning you can adjust the sound masking level throughout the office.

Work With an Experienced Maryland Sound Masking Company

If you’re having issues with privacy, you already know how damaging information theft can be. If you aren’t, trust us, you don’t want to know how bad it can be. Prevent a problem before it starts and have a sound masking system put in your Maryland business. Don’t wait for disaster to strike, give LanStar Systems a call today!


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