optimum reverberation time

optimum reverberation time

[′äp·tə·məm ri‚vər·bə′rā·shən ‚tīm]
(acoustics)
The reverberation time which is most desirable for a given room size and a given use, such as speech, chamber music, or symphony orchestra.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

optimum reverberation time

In a room or auditorium designed for speech, the reverberation time that provides the highest speech intelligibility consistent with other requirements. In a room or auditorium designed for music, the reverberation time that provides optimum conditions for playing and listening to music. These optimum values depend on the use of the room, its volume, and may depend on frequency.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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