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Harman Workshop: How to Define "Good Sound"

Henning Moller defined "good sound" as a global concept resulting from the integration of local parameters in both subjective and objective domains. In each domain he identified ~38 parameters, or dimensions to be considered for the determination of "good sound". Moller described a virtual instrument, the "Good Sound Meter", which (if it existed) could measure the characteristics of an audio system.

Some aspects of good sound in loudspeakers have been studied in great depth, such as the relationship between frequency response and directivity to subjective listener preference. Some dimensions have not been so well scrutinized; allowing superstition and cargo-cult science to remain.

Let’s examine the advancements industry has made working towards the “Good Sound Meter” and consider the next steps.


About Tim Gladwin:

Tim Gladwin began working in audio in 1983 by forming an audio company to provide PA and recording services. In 1994, Tim joined the Definitive Technology engineering team (Blue Systems) on the BP2000 project and was soon designing transducers and loudspeakers. Tim rose to the position of Acoustic Engineering Manager. He was the lead acoustic designer on all DT transducers and for many of the systems including the award winning Pro-Cinema, UIW, Mythos, Mythos XTR, DI, BP7000 and BP8000 series of speakers.

In January 2010, Tim left Blue Systems to start Warkwyn Associates where he designed transducers and speaker systems for a variety of international clients. In 2012 Klippel approached Warkwyn to be their North American representative.

Tim joined Harman International as Sr. Mgr. Eng. Acoustics in March 2015 and sold Warkwyn to MISCO speakers. Tim now leads the engineering team responsible for Revel, JBL Synthesis and JBL consumer luxury speakers.

Tim is a member of AES, ASA, ASME and ALMA. He currently holds 9 acoustic patents for transducer and speaker design with more patent applications pending.


This event will be held in the normal meeting room of Fischer Science, Room 286.

Earlier Event: January 25
NAMM Show 2018
Later Event: February 14
Maker Fair: eWeek Club Showcase