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Sound System Design and Optimization, 2nd Edition by Bob McCarthy

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CHAPTER 1: Transmission

TRANSMISSION GOALS

Transmission is the conveyance of a waveform from one place to another. Transmission quality is judged by how faithfully the arriving signal tracks the original waveform. We capture the original acoustic or electronic waveform, with the intent of eventually reconstituting it into an acoustic waveform for delivery to our ears. The odds are against us. In fact there is absolutely zero probability of success. The best we can hope for is to minimize the distortion of the waveform, i.e., damage control. This is the primary goal of all efforts described in this book. This may sound dispiriting, but it is best to begin with a realistic assessment of the possibilities. Our ultimate goal is one that can be approached, ...

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