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Is Linear Phase Worthwhile?

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This paper investigates the improved performance of 'linear phase' loudspeakers. It was found that phase distortions several times greater than that introduced by conventional speakers are inaudible on speech and music signals. However, making speakers minimum phase also improves other performance aspects which lead to their enhanced stereo and depth presentation. Arising from these findings are guidelines to designing loudspeakers with these characteristics.

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