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Sound Systems: Design and Optimization by Bob McCarthy

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Reception

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receptionn. 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

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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?

The human hearing mechanism is a subject worth great volumes in its own right. Research is ongoing and subject to debate. ...

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