sound transmission class


sound transmission class
(STC)
   a rating of the ability of building materials to stop the transmission of unwanted sounds. The rating is designed so that it expresses, as best one can with a single figure, the sound transmission loss in decibels when sound passes through the material. To determine the STC rating, test sounds of 16 different frequencies are transmitted through the barrier. The data is then smoothed to a standard contour using an established protocol, and the STC rating is the "smoothed" sound transmisson loss at a frequency of 500 hertz. Ordinary conversation can be understood through a window pane rated STC 25; a wall rated STC 50 stops all but the loudest shouting.

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