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Sound Systems: Design and Optimization, 3rd Edition by Bob McCarthy

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Chapter 5Perception

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

perception n. act or faculty of perceiving; intuitive recognition; action by which the mind refers its sensations to external object as cause. perceive v.t. apprehend with the mind, observe, understand; apprehend through one of the senses; regard mentally in a specified manner.

Concise Oxford Dictionary

We can rephrase this in audio engineering terms:

If an acoustic transmission is not perceived, does the waveform exist? If there is a concert without an audience, will we get paid?

The subjective side of acoustical reception includes the experience of human hearing, i.e. perception. Unsurprisingly this is a subject of ongoing discovery and debate. ...

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