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How Does a Sound Masking System Work?

Sound Masking is ambient background sound engineered to match the frequency of human speech for greater speech privacy. The current technology on Sound Masking does not cancel sound or eliminate all speech noise in an environment; it reduces how far away conversations can be heard and understood by others, called the radius of distraction.

Adding Sound Masking to a space actually makes the space seem quieter. It sounds counter-intuitive but it’s true. The added sound reduces the intelligibility of human speech. When you can’t understand what someone is saying, their words are less distracting — in fact, you probably don’t even notice them.

Sound Masking also makes a building seem quieter by raising the ambient noise level of an environment and making speech noise less intelligible and therefore less distracting.

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Sound Masking Systems are Used in Applications Such As:

  • Open office environments
  • Conference Rooms
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Legal Offices
  • Government Offices
  • Education
  • Financial Environments
  • Waiting Rooms
  • Spas

How is Sound Masking Different Than White Noise?

Sound Masking is often mistakenly referred to as “white noise”. However, unlike white noise, Sound Masking is specifically engineered to match the frequencies of human speech and to sound comfortable, even pleasant, to the human ear. When implemented properly, Sound Masking should just fade into the background “hum” of a workplace while simultaneously making speech more difficult to hear and understand.

Corporate Offices feature a variety of workspaces that require their own unique solutions for improving worker comfort, productivity, and speech privacy. Modern open offices contain far more reflective materials, such as glass and wood, than ever before. While these changes have made workplaces more aesthetically pleasing and collaborative, it has also affected the acoustics.

Our Pro Audio Team can create a custom solution that will help improve the acoustic environment of your facility. Sound Masking also helps protect sensitive and secure verbal communications from being over heard.

Paladin works with Cambridge, the leading supplier of Sound Masking equipment. Our team of sound engineers are ready to design a custom Sound Masking System to improve your environment.

Cambridge Sound Masking System

QT100

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The QT100 for sound masking is ideal for single zone spaces of up to 12,000 square feet (1,115 m2). The Qt 100 is easily controlled from the module’s front panel, making volume adjustments quick and easy.

QT100 uses sound masking, often misunderstood as white noise. Sound masking is at a frequency range more tuned to the frequency of human speech and is more acoustically pleasant than white noise.

QT300

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The QT300 is ideal for medium multi-zone spaces of up to 36,000 square feet (3,345 m2). This system is capable of covering up to 3 diverse areas in buildings needing improved speech privacy.

This robust and feature-rich system is easy to control and maintain. Users can adjust system settings via the easy-interface front panel, and can also set up error reporting and establish time dependent masking levels via their PC, Mac or tablet device using the intuitive Qt® Monitoring and Control Software. Additionally, the QT300 is an integrated solution offering sound masking along with paging and music via the two auxiliary audio inputs.

QT300 uses sound masking, an alternative to white noise that is more acoustically comfortable than white noise or pink noise.

QT600

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The QT600 is ideal for medium to large multi-zone spaces of up to 72,000 square feet (6,689 m2). This system is capable of covering up to 6 diverse areas in buildings needing improved speech privacy.

This robust and feature-rich system is easy to control and maintain. Users can adjust system settings via the easy-interface front panel, and can also set up error reporting and establish time dependent masking levels via their PC, Mac or tablet device using the intuitive QT Monitoring and Control Software. Additionally, the QT600 is an integrated solution offering sound masking along with paging and music via the two auxiliary audio inputs.

QT600 uses sound masking, an alternative to white noise that is more precisely engineered to mask human speech and is at a more comfortable frequency range than white noise.

QT Emitters

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QT emitters are the backbone of the QT Quiet Technology Sound Masking System. Qt emitters are wide dispersion direct field speakers with 1.25” (3.17 cm) drivers and are smaller than a coffee mug. All QT emitters come in the adjustable format. These emitters deliver four uncorrelated audio channels, which provide uniform, unobtrusive sound masking. This feature, along with plug and play installation and easy configuration capability, make QT systems the most intelligently engineered and most effective sound masking systems on the market today for reducing noise distractions and protecting speech privacy.
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