Thursday, October 6, 2011

Harman Science of Sound Demonstrations at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2011

October 14-16, I will be  giving Science of Sound presentations for the Harman Luxury Audio Group (room #8020)   at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) in Denver, CO. My demonstration will be repeated every 1/2 hour on the hour and half-hour.

Drop by and find out more about the science behind Harman audio product development and testing including JBL and Revel loudspeakers. I will be demonstrating our latest release of the "How to Listen"  software used for training and selecting listeners for product research and testing. Find out how discriminating and reliable you are as a critical listener.

Attendees will be given 30% discount coupons towards a copy of Floyd Toole's book "Sound Reproduction" (Focal Press), a book that describes much of the current scientific knowledge and perception of  the sound quality of loudspeakers, listening rooms, and their acoustical interaction with each other.  I will be raffling off a few copies to the best performing listeners.

I hope to see you there!


  1. Dr. Olive, thanks for the coming to the show. Me and my brother-in-law went to your presentation and really enjoyed it. Thanks for being one of the few companies that tests your speakers and provide frequency charts. We downloaded the software that night and messed around with it in the hotel. Once I get beat level 24, I'm giving you a call!!

    Thanks once again.

  2. I attended the presentation and found it excellent. Dr. Olive shared some excellent information and perspective about what we hear and what is important in loudspeaker design. I have ordered a copy of Floyd Toole's book "Sound Reproduction" and should get it soon. Nice to see Harmon International taking some of the voodoo out of speaker design and be able to show objective evidence about what matters in speaker design and sound reproduction.

  3. Hi Dr Olive,

    I always keep an eye out for your occasional bog posts.

    One thing I would be VERY interested in would be if you blog an occasional note on recent audio research that you come across in your work or reading. Epecially anything that you think constitutes an update on the audio science in Toole's book, which I have and use extensively in pursuing audio as a hobby.

    Thanks again for your communications.

  4. Jared,
    You're welcome. Thanks for stopping! Call me when you get to Skill Level 24.

  5. Brian,
    Thanks for coming to my presentation and hope you enjoy Floyd Toole's book. It has a lot of useful information about audio that is not easy to find anywhere else.

  6. Arg
    I've been very busy lately but I hope to start blogging again soon in this forum.

  7. Hi Sean,

    In many of the Harman whitepapers you'll find a line about novice listeners in a DBT lacking the vocabulary to describe what they hear. The way I see it, the lacking of unambiguous adjectives to describe sound isn't just a problem for novice listeners, but also for experienced ones. Was the Harman audio vocabulary ever released publicly, or is it for internal use only? I think it could be an interesting subject for a new blog!