Chapter 9

Sound Field

Rozenn Nicol


In general, stereophony and multichannel surround sound can be defined as loudspeaker and listener-centric channel-based methods, wherein sound reproduction is based on a specific set of audio channels associated for a given loudspeaker setup. Using these systems, each channel is contributing to a focused sound image for a listener located in the sweet spot. As opposed to stereophony and multichannel surround sound, the sound field approach is based on a non-speaker-centric physical representation of the sound waves.

The term sound field refers to the capture, reproduction and description of sound waves. This is in contrast to binaural, stereo or surround sound systems, where the objective is to ...

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