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Shaping Sound in the Studio and Beyond: Audio Aesthetics and Technology by Gary Gottlieb

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Efficiency, Frequency Response, and Distortion

When comparing speaker systems, our first responsibility is to our ears. Does the system sound accurate? Is the response flat (meaning honest) or does it hype certain frequencies, adding its own coloration or timbre? Do we like what we hear? Can we trust this system to deliver the information we need? Beyond our aesthetic understanding, judgment should be based on certain technical criteria as well. How much power is this speaker able to handle? How efficiently does it reproduce the signal sent? Are all the audible frequencies reproduced? Will the signal sent to the speakers be reproduced with both adequate bandwidth and dynamic range? Let’s start with efficiency.

Simply stated, an efficient speaker ...

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