A summary of linear distortion is presented from a nonmathematical point of view. Emphasis is placed on an intuitive understanding of linear distortion, in particular, why it occurs, how it is measured as well as its perceptual relevance and methods of correction. A list of technical references is included for those interested in specific mathematical details. The objective of this report is, then, to provide those interested in the art and technology of sound recording and reproduction with both an introduction to and a working knowledge of the relative importance of linear distortion.
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