The acoustic center of laboratory standard microphones

Salvador Barrera Figueroa, Knud Rasmussen, Finn Jacobsen

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An experimental procedure is described for obtaining the effective acoustic distance between pairs of microphones coupled by a free field, leading to the determination of the position of the acoustic center of the microphones. The procedure, which is based on measuring the modulus of the electrical transfer impedance, has been applied to a large number of microphones. In all cases effects due to reflections from the walls of the anechoic chamber and the interference between the microphones have been removed using a time-selective technique. The procedure of determining the position of the acoustic center from the inverse distance law is analyzed. Experimental values of the acoustic center of laboratory standard microphones are presented, and numerical results obtained using the boundary element method supplement the experimental data. Estimated uncertainties are also presented. The results reported confirm values previously defined in an international standard and extend the frequency range.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAcoustical Society of America. Journal
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)2668-2675
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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  • acoustic centre
  • microphones
  • calibration

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