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Sound-masking firm gains success with new technology

Lencore Acousts Corp.'s Spectra i.Net Sound Masking System.

Lencore Acousts Corp.'s Spectra i.Net Sound Masking System. Photo Credit: Lencore

The sound-masking systems maker Lencore Acoustics Corp., of Woodbury, has flourished in recent years by adapting to changing ideas about the corporate workspace, says Jonathan Leonard, the company's president.

He's written an article on the subject, published last week in the trade journal Sound & Communications. Sound-masking companies like Lencore had to respond to new styles of office layout, while addressing two primary (and sometimes conflicting) needs in the workforce: to communicate, and to think.

Jonathan Leonard's Aug. 22 article on sound-masking is titled "It’s Time To Take The Building Back." In it, he writes, "for the sound masking market, it’s been a long, circuitous route... but it’s back, stronger than ever before, with new, advanced technologies..."

(Also this month, the Long Island Business News reports, Lencore has expanded to Florida and Puerto Rico with a new partner, Mainline Marketing, based in Melbourne, Fla.)

Leonard and his father, Jack, were first profiled by Newsday in 1999 when they called sound-masking "an industry that is below the radar screen." Lencore also installs systems for paging, music and emergency communications.

Sound masking involves the introduction of ambient noise to reduce the range of audible sounds in a workplace, giving workers a sense of privacy (by making it harder for them to understand each others' private conversations) while raising the level of acoustical comfort.

Photo shows components of Lencore's Spectra i.Net Sound Masking System.

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