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

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Chapter 6Evaluation

How do we evaluate the performance of our sound system? How do we get beyond grossly subjective opinions such as “good or bad?” There is a wide variety of objective metrics but none provides 100% correlation to our listeners’ subjective evaluation of our work. A sound system with stellar specifications does not assure a great show.

Evaluate v.t. ascertain amount of; find numerical expression for; appraise; assess; to consider or examine something in order to judge its value, quality, importance, extent, or condition.

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The sound system is just one layer of a multi-layer experience, which makes evaluation much more challenging. In the simplest form we have source, sound system and room. How do you ...

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