February 14, 2023 2 min read

Soundproofing and audio-acoustic panels are two concepts that are often used interchangeably, but they refer to two different things. In this article, we will explain the difference between soundproofing and acoustic panels and highlight five key points that will help you understand their purpose, benefits, and limitations.


The purpose of soundproofing is to reduce or eliminate the transmission of sound from one room to another or from the outside to the inside of a building. It is designed to prevent noise pollution and create a peaceful and quiet environment. On the other hand, the purpose of acoustic panels is to improve the sound quality within a room by controlling the reflections, cancellations, and amplifications of sound waves. Acoustic panels are used to create a more optimal listening environment for music, speech, and other forms of audio.


Soundproofing materials typically include adding additional layers of drywall on top of existing drywall or adding a material called Quiet Rock with Green Glue on top of existing drywall for added mass in order to block sound. Also floating floors, floating walls, and floating ceilings with air gaps between existing and new surfaces are effective for soundproofing. These materials are designed to block or reduce the transmission of sound waves. Acoustic panels, on the other hand, are typically made of foam,  fiberglass, or mineral wool and are designed to absorb and control sound waves.


The installation process of soundproofing and acoustic panels is very different. Soundproofing materials are often installed as part of the construction process or as an additional construction process, and require specialized tools, techniques, expertise, and are very costly. Acoustic panels, on the other hand, can be easily installed in any room, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, making it easy to find the right panel for your needs.


The cost of soundproofing and acoustic panels varies greatly depending on the size of the room, the type of material used, and the installation process. Soundproofing can be quite expensive and may require significant time and effort to install, while acoustic panels are relatively inexpensive and can be easily installed.


Soundproofing is not 100% effective, and it may not be able to completely eliminate sound transmission. Additionally, soundproofing materials can be heavy, and they may reduce the amount of natural light in a room. Acoustic panels, on the other hand, are limited in their ability to reduce noise pollution, and they are not designed to block sound transmission

Last Words:

Soundproofing and acoustic panels have very different purposes and are designed to address different sound-related problems. When considering professional soundproofing panels or acoustic panels, it is important to understand their benefits and limitations so that you can make an informed decision about the best solution for your needs. For more information or to get expert advice, get in touch with us now at John Hunter Acoustics!