Loudspeaker Specifications for Professional Applications

  • John M. Eargle


In this chapter we will discuss the principal specifications of loudspeaker components used in professional sound design. These include:
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    On-axis frequency response

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    Electrical power input ratings (thermal and displacement)

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    Power compression

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    Distortion (discrete harmonics)

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    Directional characteristics

  8. 8.

    Thiele-Small parameters



Pink Noise Electrical Power Input Power Compression Distortion Curve Frequency Decade 


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  1. “Recommended Practices for Specifications of Loudspeaker Components Used in Professional Audio and Sound Reinforcement (AES 2–1984; ANSI S4.26–1984),” J. Audio Engineering Society, Vol. 32, No. 10 (October 1984).Google Scholar

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