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?
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 ...