Loudspeaker Measurement Services
Accurate measurement is critical to insure compliance and repeatably. SAI can work with speaker suppliers and customers to develop speakers that will perform to your requirements.
Precise Speaker Frequency Response Measurement
The gold standard for speaker frequency response measurement is the "Half Space", which measures only the speaker, not its baffle or surroundings.
SAI has developed an integrated electronics-acoustics system that creates a "Virtual Half Space" setup. Your speaker's response can be obtained without environmental coloration. The speaker can be measured at any angle from 0 to 90 degrees.
Virtual Half-Space System
The VHS baffle is larger than a typical small IEC baffle, yet maintains uneven path lengths to stagger unwanted pulse returns. The grey area below is the size of the small baffle, and the black area is the extension of the sides to increase return path length. The slotted deflectors eliminate the small treble bounce from the room's ceiling.
Virtual Half-Space Measurement Baffle
The VHS system uses the Quasi-Anechoic measurement approach developed by Richard Stroud of SAI (please see paper on "About Stroud Audio" page). This methodology very closely duplicates the results of a large anechoic chamber measurement.
Measurement Equipment Utilized
SAI uses a number of elements in the Virtual Half Space measurement system which insure your data accuracy, including:
- Heavy wooden vertical baffle with rigid speaker
mounting and anti-vibration weighting
- Well-damped low-resonance microphone
- Back-electret condenser measurement
- B and K Pistonphone and other microphone
- Reference channel fed from speaker drive
signal, with Kelvin connection for precise
- Special measurement and analysis software
with averaging FFT
- High-power driving amplifier for large speaker
Speaker Measurement Data Output
SAI can provide you with data that helps you communicate with your suppliers and please your customers.
Loudspeaker Frequency Response Curve
Additional Speaker Measurement Services
In addition to frequency response (on and off axis), many other kinds of speaker measurement are available:
- Impedance vs. Frequency
- Distortion, THD, spectral components
- Power Compression, a measure of excursion capability at high levels
- Large excursion high-frequency distortion
- Thiele-Small parameters
- Large-signal parameters, BL vs. displacement, compliance vs. displacement
- Power handling testing, with less-destructive impedance rise failure prediction
Speaker Impedance Curve
We also offer LQ response analysis, an experimental new procedure developed by SAI is designed for high-end loudspeaker systems. LQ analysis looks at ripples in the response curve to see if self-masking can occur, which can dull musical transients.
Evaluating Home Speakers
Stroud Audio Inc. can perform anechoic and in-room evaluation of your home style enclosed speakers and integrated systems, as well as your raw loudspeakers.
Satellite speakers and big subwoofers can be evaluated with Virtual Half Space technology. This technology typically makes low-frequency performance analysis using suspended speaker or ground plane testing unnecessary.
Microphone and Headphone Testing
SAI can perform testing of other acoustic transducers, such as in-vehicle microphones and headphones.
Hands-free cell phone testing is done with the "Talker" seen below.
Cellular Microphone Testing
Additional types of testing are available upon request. Please contact Stroud Audio for further information.