Existing standards in the audio field into several categories. The most commonly recognized is the configuration standard which provides dimensional and operating limits for a device or a process. Such standards have provided us with interchangeable analog tape recordings, for example. Another category is the method for measurement which is sometimes combined with a configuration standard and provides repeatable and reproduceable tests for a device or a process. Other categories include standard definitions, procedures, and performance levels. Such standards usually arise out of a need in the industry and are put into writing by several organizations not always in concert with one another.
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