The Importance of Acoustics in Audio Visual Rooms

We've all experienced it before. You join a conference call with colleagues or clients, only to experience almost unbearable audio quality! Often the issue is not the equipment itself, but in fact the acoustics in the room which are causing that uncomfortable and distracting echo.

It might seem obvious that acoustics should be considered as part of any AV Installation, but unfortunately it is often overlooked and instead the equipment is blamed for the poor audio. Often speech intelligibility is so poor that most of the conversation is misheard, or missed completely, which leaves participants frustrated.

Audio-visual and video-conferencing systems which are installed in rooms with too many hard surfaces such as glass, hard concrete walls or timber floors will experience audio issues. Conferencing rooms are not usually that large, so sound will reverberate quite rapidly around the room bouncing of multiple surfaces. This reverberation will then be picked up by the microphone and transferred to people on the other end the call.

Understanding Room Acoustics

Before we dive into specific products, let's take a moment to understand room acoustics. When sound waves travel through a room, they bounce off surfaces like walls, ceilings, and floors. These reflections can cause echoes, reverberations, and other unwanted acoustic effects that can muddle sound clarity and create an unpleasant listening experience.

To combat these issues, it's essential to use acoustic treatments that absorb, diffuse, or reflect sound waves in a controlled manner. By strategically placing acoustic panels, baffles, and other products, you can significantly improve the sound quality in your audio visual room.


Acoustic Wall Panels

One of the most effective ways to enhance room acoustics is by installing acoustic wall panels. These panels are designed to absorb sound waves, reducing echoes and reverberations for a clearer, more balanced sound. offers a wide range of acoustic wall panels to suit various design preferences and budgets.

For a sleek and modern look, consider the Offecct Soundwave Botanic Acoustic Panel. This innovative panel features a unique, nature-inspired design that not only looks great but also effectively absorbs sound waves. The panel's three-dimensional surface helps to diffuse sound, creating a more even acoustic environment.

Offecct Soundwave Botanic Acoustic Panel

Another excellent option is the Abstracta Soneo Wall Acoustic Panel. These panels are available in a variety of colors and sizes, allowing you to create a customized acoustic treatment that complements your room's aesthetic. The Soneo panels are made from high-quality, sound-absorbing materials that effectively reduce noise and improve sound clarity.

Abstracta Soneo Wall Acoustic Panel

Acoustic Ceiling Panels and Baffles

In addition to wall panels, acoustic ceiling panels and baffles can greatly improve the sound quality in your audio visual room. These products are suspended from the ceiling, providing an additional layer of sound absorption and diffusion.

The Ecophon Solo Circle Suspended Acoustic Ceiling Raft is a popular choice for its elegant, circular design and excellent acoustic properties. These panels are easy to install and can be arranged in various patterns to create a unique and visually appealing ceiling treatment.

Ecophon Solo Circle Suspended Acoustic Ceiling Raft


For a more industrial look, consider the Autex Quietspace 3D Ceiling Tiles. These tiles feature a distinctive, three-dimensional design that adds visual interest while effectively absorbing sound waves. The Quietspace tiles are made from recycled polyester, making them an eco-friendly choice for your audio visual room.

Autex Quietspace 3D Ceiling Tiles

Acoustic Lighting Solutions

Combining acoustic treatment with lighting can be a smart way to optimize both sound quality and ambiance in your audio visual room. offers several acoustic lighting products that seamlessly integrate sound absorption with stylish illumination.

The BuzziLight Mono Felt Pendant Lamp is a stunning example of acoustic lighting done right. This pendant lamp features a felt shade that absorbs sound waves, reducing noise and echoes in the room. The lamp's minimalist design and warm, inviting light make it a perfect addition to any audio visual space.

BuzziLight Mono Felt Pendant Lamp


Another great option is the De Vorm Fost Felt Acoustic Lamp. This versatile lamp can be used as a pendant, floor, or table lamp, providing both light and sound absorption wherever you need it most. The Fost lamp's felt shade is available in various colors, allowing you to choose the perfect hue to match your room's decor.

De Vorm Fost Felt Acoustic Lamp

Acoustic Screens and Room Dividers

In some cases, you may need to create separate acoustic zones within your audio visual room. This is where acoustic screens and room dividers come in handy. These products allow you to partition your space while maintaining optimal sound quality.

The Abstracta Aircone Hanging Acoustic Screens are a fantastic choice for creating distinct acoustic areas. These screens are suspended from the ceiling and feature a conical design that effectively absorbs sound waves. The Aircone screens are available in different sizes and colors, allowing you to create a customized configuration that suits your needs.

Abstracta Aircone Hanging Acoustic Screens


For a more flexible solution, consider the Autex Cascade Acoustic Screens. These freestanding screens can be easily moved and rearranged to create temporary or permanent acoustic barriers. The Cascade screens are made from high-quality, sound-absorbing materials that effectively reduce noise and improve sound clarity.

Autex Cascade Acoustic Screens

Acoustic Furniture and Pods

Finally, let's not forget about the importance of acoustic furniture and pods in audio visual rooms. These products provide a comfortable and sound-controlled environment for focused work, meetings, or relaxation.

The 14six8 Hide Acoustic Pod is a standout product in this category. This sleek and modern pod offers a private, acoustically optimized space for one or two people. The Hide pod features sound-absorbing panels and a ventilation system, ensuring a comfortable and quiet environment for users.

14six8 Hide Acoustic Pod


Another excellent option is the Mutedesign Booth. This modular booth system allows you to create customized, acoustically treated spaces within your audio visual room. The Mutedesign Booth is available in various sizes and configurations, making it adaptable to any room layout or design preference.

Mutedesign Booth


Investing in the right acoustic treatment is essential for creating an optimal audio visual experience. By incorporating products like acoustic wall panels, ceiling panels, baffles, lighting solutions, screens, and furniture, you can significantly improve sound quality and clarity in your room. offers a comprehensive range of acoustic products to suit any budget or design preference. Whether you're looking for sleek and modern solutions or more traditional options, you'll find everything you need to create the perfect acoustic environment for your audio visual room.

Remember, the key to success is understanding your room's unique acoustic challenges and strategically placing the right products to address those issues. With the help of's expert guidance and top-quality products, you can transform your audio visual space into a haven of sound clarity and comfort.


What are the design considerations for conference rooms?

The main issue that causes poor echo is the reverberation time (RT) or severity of the echo within the room. For effective audio transmission, AV Room RT should be around 0.5 seconds or less.

Generally, within meeting rooms, wall panels can do a pretty good job at reducing the reverberation within the space. Depending on the ceiling above and the overall size of the room, a ceiling system could also be considered to stop sound reverberating above. Acoustic solutions do not have to just be functional. They don’t even need to look as if they have been installed to improve the sound environment. Anything is possible, we can even print desired designs directly onto fabric wrapped acoustic panels to give a bespoke look to your meeting room. It is important to understand the differences in sound absorption classes when installing acoustic panelling in your AV Room. Too often people stick up a few cheap panels and expect everything to be sorted. As a general rule, around 30-50% off the area in the room should be covered to ensure effective absorption.