What is Sound Masking?

timthumbSound masking is a distributed sound system that delivers a shaped spectrum amplified pink noise in sufficient levels to mask other peoples conversations and low level background noisesA sound masking system emits low-level, non-distracting “masking” noise designed to reduce speech intelligibility and thereby improve speech privacy. This improvement in speech privacy can be of great value in open-plan offices, doctors’ examination rooms and other environments where confidentiality is important.

Sound masking can also reduce the distraction caused by traffic, office machinery and other unwanted sounds. Because this benefit is limited to situations where the unwanted sounds are of relatively low level, however, speech privacy is the focus of most sound masking systems.

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