Art Noxon is a fully accredited Acoustical Engineer with Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering/Acoustics and Physics. A Professional Engineer since 1982, he is licensed in Oregon to practice engineering in the public domain with the specialty area of acoustics. A prolific inventor, he developed and patented the iconic TubeTrap, the original corner-loaded bass trap/treble diffuser, 150 other acoustic devices and counting. Lecturer, writer and teacher of acoustics, he has presented 7 AES papers, numerous magazine articles, white papers and blogs. He is president of Acoustic Sciences Corporation, the company he founded in 1984.
Audio minded people know to place TubeTraps in the corners behind the speakers and they know what benefits are delivered. But what isn’t so easy to answer is why it works the way it does. Standard audio tests did not produce results that correlated with customer satisfaction.
All “acoustics” are not the same. We have sound proofing and then we have sound conditioning. Sound proofing means keeping the sound in the room and sound conditioning usually means getting the sound that’s in the room to calm down. Some carpet acoustic products are about soundproofing, reducing the sound transmitted to your neighbors, downstairs. Other carpet acoustics are about sound conditioning. In high end audio applications, there certainly will be times when we need sound proofing but we always need sound conditioning.