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Acoustics of Sound Reproduction in the Home

To develop a high order of satisfaction for the listener in the home with sound reproduction from a radio receiver or phonograph requires the application of both art and science. With very limited means of communication it is possible to create satisfactory artistic illusions in the listener's mind by relying upon his personal knowledge and by appealing to his feelings. Realism can be created by purely technical means provided the conditions can be specified in physically realizable terms. The highest order of listener acceptance in sound reproduction is obtained when both the artistic and scientific aspects are integrated and developed to the maximum degree possible within the constraints of practical considerations. Therefore, it seems logical to examine the artistic and scientific fundamentals of sound reproduction in the home. Accordingly, it is the purpose of this paper to describe ideal sound reproducing systems, the fundamentals of stereophonic soundreproduction and the application of communication theory to the acoustics of stereophonic sound reproduction.

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