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AcoustiPack Noise Damping Kit Review - AcoustiPack Noise Damping Kit Review
Fri Feb 14, 2003 | 8:04P| PermaLink
Acoustic damping materials are virtually ubiquitous in the modern world. Fiberglass batting, foam, and all manner of specialized materials are used in an incredible range of applications to combat and control noise. In computers, however, it is not yet common. One place many SPCR readers may have seen it is beneath the metal protective cover of the Seagate Barracuda IV hard drive: a bit of blue foam is visible there. This foam helps to keep the Barracuda relatively free of high frequency whine. The fact that this quietest of all hard drives uses damping materials is probably significant. As far as I am aware, no other hard drives incorporate acoustic damping materials. In my own systems, some damping materials are used -- things like heavy carpet underlay and recycled foam from packing materials -- but until now, I have never tried any of the aftermarket damping materials sold specifically for computer cases. There is little question that acoustic damping can help reduce noise.

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