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AES 2022, New York, October 19-20, 2022

At AES New York, Steve Temme will participate in presentations and discussions on ‘In-car audio measurement’ (with Jayant Datta) and ‘Moving beyond traditional measurements’ (with Jayant Datta and Jonathan Gerbet). Exact schedule and timings are yet to be announced.

Basic Loudspeaker Testing Seminar

This introductory seminar is aimed at anyone new to audio measurement, specifically loudspeaker testing. It begins with an introduction to the basic design of a loudspeaker, including how a typical loudspeaker works. Various loudspeaker measurements are explained, such as frequency response, distortion, sensitivity, phase/polarity and impedance, and how they might offer indications as to potential defects in a speaker. Typical test configurations for both R&D and end-of-line production test are shown. A complete speaker test is demonstrated, using SoundCheck and our free Loudspeaker complete test sequence. This includes setting up software and hardware, calibrating and configuring the test (e.g. setting pass/fail limits) and a discussion of the results.

Basic Loudspeaker Testing demonstrations include:

  • Anatomy of loudspeaker design
  • How a loudspeaker works
  • Loudspeaker test setup with SoundCheck
  • Considerations when testing a loudspeaker in an R&D versus production environment
  • Critical measurements like frequency response, sensitivity, phase, polarity, impedance, and distortion

Presenters: Les Quindipan
Duration: 22 Mins

Basic Loudspeaker Testing measurement resources

Complete End-of-Line Speaker Test: This free test sequence performs a full suite of basic measurements for a loudspeaker, featuring our two new perceptual distortion metrics. ePRB, or enhanced Perceptual Rub & Buzz is used to detect and differentiate audible distortion from total distortion. eLP, or enhanced Loose Particles, performs transient distortion measurements even in the presence of background noise.

More about Basic Loudspeaker Measurement

Johan Segeborn’s video “How Does A Speaker Work?” is an excellent reference for loudspeaker behavior.

Bluetooth Testing Seminar

Les Quindipan of Listen, Inc. and Kristopher Hett of Portland Tool & Die demonstrate Bluetooth testing with a variety devices, test parameters, and testing considerations. Kris Hett introduces the Portland Tool & Die Bluetooth interfaces that are used to connect the device under test to the measurement system. He discusses the technical specifications, and explains the differences between these and other types of Bluetooth interfaces. Les Quindipan then demonstrates how these have been fully integrated into SoundCheck for simple plug and play operation, and how they can be used in test sequences. He also highlights some of the algorithms included in SoundCheck that overcome Bluetooth-induced time delays, thus enabling these devices to be tested in a similar way to their wired counterparts. A complete test on a Bluetooth speaker and a Bluetooth Headset is demonstrated.

Seminar demonstrations include:

  • Overview of Portland Tool & Die Bluetooth interfaces features and functionality
  • Portland Tool & Die software control integration with SoundCheck
  • SoundCheck configuration and calibration for testing Bluetooth devices
  • Software control of Portland Tool & Die devices within a SoundCheck sequence
  • Demonstrations of sequence measuring Bluetooth headsets and speakers

Presenters: Les Quindipan, Kristopher Hett
Duration: 30 Mins

Bluetooth testing Resources

  • Our sequence library contains many ready-to-run sequences for testing Bluetooth devices, available for download for no charge.

More about testing Bluetooth devices

Check out our main page on Bluetooth Headphone Testing, which includes links to test sequences, relevant products and more.

Basic Microphone Measurement Seminar

Technical Support Manager, Steve Tatarunis discusses and demonstrates basic microphone measurement, and how to measure characteristics that matter. Three different basic microphone test methods are explained including substitution, equalized source, and two-channel transfer function. Testing microphones in SoundCheck yields a full array of important results, since SoundCheck can be used to test microphone specifications including frequency response, sensitivity, impedance, directivity/polar pattern, polarity, dynamic range, signal to noise/self-noise, polarization/bias. Finally, two basic microphone measurement techniques are demonstrated: equalized source, and microphone substitution.

 

Seminar topics include:

  • Common microphone types and how they work
  • Microphone specifications
  • How to measure microphones using the two standard methods available in SoundCheck
    • Substitution method
    • Equalized speaker method
  • R&D and production test environments
  • Important measurements such as frequency response, sensitivity, etc.

Presenters: Steve Tatarunis
Duration: 34 Mins

Basic microphone measurement resources

Our sequence library is full of pre-written sequences for basic microphone measurement. Additionally, SoundCheck comes with many pre-written sequences including the sequences demonstrated in this seminar. To take these sequences to the next level, we offer more complex testing scenarios like microphone polar plot measurements with the new MDT-4000 turntable.

More about basic microphone measurement

Check out our main page on Microphones, which includes links to test sequences, relevant products and more.