Listener envelopment : an essential part of good concert hall acoustics

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TypeArticle
Journal titleJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
ISSN0001-4966
Volume99
Issue1
Pages22
SubjectAcoustics
AbstractIn his pioneering work on spaciousness, Barron3 found that strong reflections arriving at the listener from the side and shortly after the direct sound increased the apparent width of the source. The recognition of the importance of such strong early lateral reflections helped to explain the success of narrow shoebox-shaped concert halls such as those in Vienna and Boston. This discovery led to a revolution in concert hall design and has been a key focus of research in concert hall acoustics for the past 25 years. Many newer halls have been designed with large reflecting panels to provide strong early lateral reflections. These new halls have generally been quite successful, but it is possible for such designs to produce an excess of clarity and a sense of insufficient reverberance.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number39325
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NPARC number20375817
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