The room environment: basic theory


Glyn Adams revised by John Borwick

8.1 Introduction

Any comprehensive work on the subject of loudspeakers would be incomplete without a section devoted to the environments into which loudspeaker systems are placed for their operation. In general terms, loudspeakers are most commonly used in large auditoria or open-air theatres for sound reinforcement (see Chapter 10), or in smaller rooms of typically domestic living-room size for reproducing recorded music. This chapter discusses the second category of environment, namely that of rooms of modest dimensions.

The room environment can be considered as the final link in the sound-reproduction chain, in that it relays the sound output of the loudspeaker ...

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