A Comparison of three classical concert halls

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Journal titleJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
IssueMarch 6
Pages11761192; # of pages: 17
SubjectAcoustics and Noise Control; auditoria; concert halls; acoustics; Acoustics; Acoustique et contrôle des bruits; auditorium public; salle de concert; acoustique
AbstractValue of newer auditorium acoustics quantities are presented for measurements in three well-known classical concert halls: the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Vienna Grosser Musikvereinssaal, and the Boston Symphony Hall. The measured octave band quantities included reverberation time, early decay time, sound strength or level, early/late sound ratios, and lateral energy fractions. Hall average values from the measured unoccupied conditions are presented as well as estimated occupied values. The variation of parameters with both source and receiver position is examined in detail. The results help to define the range of conditions that are to be expected in good concert halls, and reveal some of the detailed differences among these halls.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number32375
NPARC number20374959
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