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Richard Warren Little

Richard Warren Little

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Audio Fields:

  • Product Design & Manufacturing - Transducers
  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Measurement and Instrumentation
  • Consumer - Home
  • Consumer - Car
  • Consumer - Portable
  • Product Design & Manufacturing - Research & Development

Job Duties:

  • Manager
  • Engineer
  • Researcher
  • Software Designer


I have been working in the loudspeaker industry for over 19 years. I work at Sonos as of April 2013, focusing on the design and engineering of audio transducers and loudspeaker systems. My work history includes time at Boston Acoustics, Bose, Tymphany, and most recently at my self-owned consulting firm, Far North Electroacoustics. I've worked on consumer electronic products, automotive OEM products, and professional products. I've been an individual contributor, and also a manager of projects, and a manager and mentor of engineering groups, both in the US and in China. Along the way, I've had the joy of working on some great, innovative audio products, with some fantastic colleagues.

My expertise includes loudspeaker systems design, audio transducer engineering, magnetics engineering, acoustic circuit modeling, multiphysics finite element analysis (electromagnetics, structural, and acoustic), statistical analysis, and reliability engineering. My audio industry experience includes products for automotive OEM, home theatre, multimedia, automotive aftermarket, consumer electronics, and professional sound products. Outside of audio, and in my distant past, I conducted research on magnetic sensor designs for the oil and gas industry, analyzed network flow in water distribution networks, and contributed some concept component designs for a proposed nuclear accelerator expansion.

I have published peer-reviewed papers published in the fields of acoustic engineering and non-destructive evaluation/testing. I am listed as an inventor on several patents in audio transducer design. I holds a B.Sc. in Honours Physics from the University of British Columbia (1992), and an M.Sc. in Physics from Queen's University at Kingston (1995), where I specialized in the field of Applied Magnetics.

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