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19.13 Summary

The on-axis anechoic frequency response of a loudspeaker is not what will be heard in a control room.

Loudspeakers have many different physical layouts and will exhibit different directivity characteristics because of this.

Different on-axis responses may suit different mounting conditions. Harmonic distortion figures can be misleading, but they are an indicator for the existence of intermodulation distortions, which are probably the real culprits for any lack of musicality.

Steep low frequency roll-offs give rise to group delays that smear the time response of a loudspeaker.

Just as microphones of different designs cannot be equalised to sound identical, nor can loudspeakers.

Many recording engineers and producers use different types of loudspeakers for work and for pleasure.


  

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