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Loudspeakers by Keith Holland, Philip Newell

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Chapter 11

Low frequency and transient response dilemmas

11.1 The great low frequency deception

Recording industry publications often contain advertisements proclaiming the true and lifelike responses of ‘accurate’ small monitor systems. If only from the sheer quantity of such advertising, it is entirely reasonable that many people would be led to believe that accurate low frequency reproduction from small boxes at quite high monitoring levels was an easily achievable goal, but the reality is rather different. At realistic listening levels for recording studio or mastering use, the low frequency response of small loudspeakers cannot be as accurate in terms of frequency response and transient response as that of a good large system, flush mounted ...

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