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Best acoustics for a galleried room?

Best acoustics for a galleried room?

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At Build It Live in Kent yesterday, someone asked which was the best building material from the point of view of acoustics. The panel largely concluded that all approved building materials create homes with adequate acoustics these days, but that masonry is still the best option for good acoustics(as far as I gathered from the discussion).

One interesting point was that unless the internal walls are also made of masonry then there isn't much difference... and they usually aren't!

My question regards large rooms with vaulted ceilings, and how best to avoid creating a room with an uncomfortable echo and unpleasant feel to it. Does the building material influence this, or is it a question of the ceiling materials, and using acoustic panels?

Thanks very much for your advice before we create something we regret!

Asked by WRH