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

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CHAPTER 3 Reception

INTRODUCTION

We have all heard the proverbial question:

If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound?

We can rephrase this in audio engineering terms:

If an acoustic transmission is sent without reception, does the audio signal exist?

If there is a concert without an audience, will we get paid?

reception n. 1. receiving or being received. 2. receiving of ideas or impressions into the mind. 3. receiving of broadcast signal; efficiency with which these are received

Concise Oxford Dictionary

The human hearing mechanism is a subject worth many volumes in its own right. Research is ongoing and subject to debate. The study of reception includes both objective and subjective aspects. The objective ...

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