Psychoacoustics—Explaining What We Measure and Hear

Figure 5.1 showed “the central paradox” as described by Arthur Benade (1994). In Figure 19.1, it has been elaborated on to show a parallel path related to sound reproduction because the same situation exists. We can make measurements of many dimensions of sound as it is represented in sound waves, and we find that the numbers and graphs are not always simply or logically related to what we hear. Often they suggest that there should be problems, but we listen to the sound and find only a pleasurable experience. This is one of the principal tasks of psychoacoustics: to find ways to make more relevant measurements and ways to process the measured data so they relate more directly to ...

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