Re: Fw: sursound: The pinna and Ambisonics/cross post (fwd) (Jason Corey )

Subject: Re: Fw: sursound: The pinna and Ambisonics/cross post (fwd)
From:    Jason Corey  <corey(at)MUSIC.MCGILL.CA>
Date:    Tue, 24 Oct 2000 10:05:00 -0400

Hi, I'm forwarding this response regarding subwoofers from Geoff Martin, who is not on the list. regards, Jason Corey ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2000 19:28:41 -0400 (EDT) From: Geoff Martin <martin(at)> Subject: Re: Fw: sursound: The pinna and Ambisonics/cross post (fwd) > Regarding point 2, I wonder why audio engineers think that a single sub-woofer > is a good idea these days. I find that they confuse the image compared to > a conventional pair of stereo speakers. Multiple tweeters around the room > seem like a good idea in view of 3) though. Hi, Many audio engineers do not think that a single subwoofer is a good idea. The specification for a single sub (the ".1" in "5.1") is intended for a single driver dedicated to what is known as the Low Frequency Effects or LFE channel. This is not to be used for anything other than special effects such as explosions or spaceship engine rumble. For multichannel music reproduction, even Dolby recommends the use of 5 matched full-range loudspeakers and no subwoofer. (i.e. - "In most music productions, there is unlikely to be a technical need to use the LFE channel.") Unfortunately the manufacturers of home audio components neglect this recommendation and build 5-channel reproduction system which are based on a low-frequency driver reproducing a signal summed from the 5 channels - it's cheaper for them (and for you) but it by no means an optimal configuration. I would reommend reading David Griesinger's and/or William Marten's work on this issue: Griesinger's home page "Speaker placement, externalization, and envelopment in home listening rooms" (DG) "The Impact of Decorrelated Low-Frequency Reproduction on Auditory Spatial Imagery: Are Two Subwoofers Better Than One?" (WM) Proceedings of the AES 16th International Conference, 1999 April 10-12 cheers -geoff ____________________________________________________________________________ Geoff Martin | | "As long as people will accept Multichannel Audio Research Laboratory | crap, it will be financially Music, Media and Technology Group | profitable to dispense it." McGill University Faculty of Music | - D. Cavett

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