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What's most important to your space? People. In order to get the most out of your employees, you want them to be in an environment that allows them to produce at their highest levels. Sound masking delivers a powerful Return on Investment by providing speech privacy and comfort. 

Speech privacy is easily achieved. A jet engine, a lawn mower or leaf blower can provide speech privacy by covering up the sound frequencies of human speech, however they certainly would not be comfortable to sit under all day long. Sound masking delivers speech privacy by raising the background sound just above indirect speech levels - this is why you aren't distracted by conversations around you. Sound masking is a scientifically developed sound (yes, it has white noise in it, but much more than that) which masks human speech frequencies, yet isn't uncomfortable like a jet engine.

Comfort is the second important criteria in a selecting a sound masking system. Without a comfortable sound, sound masking will be turned down or off. When implemented and tuned properly, sound masking should go unnoticed and should fade into the background and barely be perceptible to the human ear.

There are a number of factors which contribute to the comfort of a sound:

  • Full broadband spectrum of sound
  • Random Noise Sources - making it feel more natural
  • Uniformity
  • Wrap-Around time - so you don't notice the signal repeating  

When selecting a sound masking system, you should also consider aesthetics and control. One-size does not fit all. There are a variety of speaker options based on the building type and layout of the space. Again, sound masking should not be noticeable and the number of speakers should be minimized. There are both non-networked and networked solutions which provide extensive control to tuning and volume.

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