Forthcoming Meetings

Psycho-acoustics of loudspeaker design

Date: 8 Nov 2016
Time: 18:30

Location: SAE Institute London
297 Kingsland Road
London E8 4DD

NOTE: This lecture will be held at SAE London, Lecture Theatre 1.

Registration will be required and it will open very soon. For more details, please keep an eye on this page. AES members will receive the registration link first via the upcoming newsletter (expected to go out on the 25th this month). This event will be open both to members and non-members of the AES.

Lecture by John Watkinson.

The loudspeaker has been the weak link in sound reproduction for many years. This largely remains the case despite dramatic progress in the understanding of the Human Auditory System and the availability of advanced materials and electronics at relatively low cost, neither of which have been widely exploited.

In this presentation John Watkinson looks at the psycho-acoustics that underlies the creation of extraordinarily realistic loudspeaker designs, especially with regard to functioning with rather than against the listening environment. He then looks at the psychological factors which prevent their widespread adoption.

Precision loudspeakers will be demonstrated, including an audition of material from a forthcoming album which will be played on the very speakers on which it was mixed.

John Watkinson is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society, an alumnus of the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research and was the Technical Director and a founder of Celtic Audio Ltd. His book “The Art of Digital Audio” was described by New Scientist as the bible of an industry. A polymath, he is active in fields such as high quality still and moving imagery and he has developed ways of computing vehicle speeds from video recordings for forensic purposes. His latest book, entitled “The Art of Flight”, is published this year by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.