Definitions, Terms, Units and Parameters
The world of acoustics is overflowing with terms and parameters. For example; Lmax is often used to describe the maximum sound level, but was the measurement A-weighted, C-weighted or Z-weighted and was a Fast, Slow or Impulsive Time Constant used. Already we have introduced several variables for one simple measurement, without mentioning the measurement duration.
To describe any A-weighted, Fast Time Constant, Maximum measurements, correctly, we should use the form LAFmax. However in the real world many people continue to use the 'simple' Lmax. Similarly the terms LA = 90 dB, 90 dBA or 90 dB(A) is often used to describe the same measured value.
This glossary is for visitors and customers who come across a term they do not know. If a term is not strictly correct we do not go into great detail explaining where it differs from the strict convention, we just say what the term 'means' in the practical world. In the case of omissions please e-mail us or tweet us if you prefer an open discussion.
Some parameters need more detailed descriptions so we provide links throughout these pages and a sub-menu page.
Listing terms alphabetically also means some related terms are spread 'randomly' around the site. To this end we have also grouped some popular topics together, to see these additions click the + sign on any page, see also Acoustic Ambiguities
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