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Sound Reproduction by Floyd Toole

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CHAPTER 8

Imaging and Spatial Effects in Sound Reproduction

We now have the basic “tool kit” that will help us understand the factors at play in the directional and spatial perceptions of sound reproduction. We saw in Chapter 4 that sound fields in small rooms are not diffuse and that reverberation and critical distance are not useful metrics in any of the traditional senses. However, there is an active reflected sound field, although it is subservient to the precedence effect in terms of localization. However, localization is not perfect; there can be localization “blur,” a region of uncertainty, the size of which depends strongly on direction (Blauert, 1996). In live performances, there is visual information to substantiate localization (the ...

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