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

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Chapter 7Prediction

Prediction begins with a vision of design goals and (hopefully) ends with a successfully optimized design. This is true whether it’s done with the help of CAD drawings and sophisticated software, a napkin and a protractor or a crystal ball and Tarot reader. Prediction allows us to investigate various scenarios without need of a rigging call. We select speaker models, locations, focus angles and perhaps even processor settings. The predicted design is installed and optimization begins.

predict v.t. foretell, prophesy.

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Field measurements may prove or disprove the predictions. Our credibility as designers hinges on whether the aligned system meets the design goals. A successful design needs only fine-tuning ...

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