Acoustics of Small Rooms
Book, 2014

Much time is spent working out how to optimize the acoustics of large rooms, such as auditoria, but the acoustics of small rooms and environments can be just as vital. The expensive sound equipment of a recording studio or the stereo in a car or living room is likewise rendered useless if the acoustic environment is not right for them. Changes in wavelength to room size ratio and the time difference between the direct and reflected sound at the listening location mean that the acoustics of small spaces are quite different to those of large spaces. Tackling these specific aspects of physics, sound perception, and applications for small spaces, Acoustics of Small Rooms brings together important facets of small room acoustics. Divided into clear sections, it covers: Sound propagation—the effects of boundaries, sound absorbers, and time conditions; Physiology and psychoacoustics; Methods and techniques of room and sound field optimization; Examples of how these principles apply to control rooms, stereo, surround and home theater, car compartments, and music practice rooms; Measurement and modeling techniques.

music practice rooms

car compartments


control rooms

small rooms

surround and home theater

Haas effect


room acoustics

precedence effect

low frequency


Mendel Kleiner

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Applied Acoustics

Chalmers, Architecture, Architectural theory and methods

Jiri Tichy

Pennsylvania State University

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology

Subject Categories

Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering

Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics



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