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RT60 MeasurementReverberation time (RT60 reverb) measurement solution

When room acoustics properties are at issue, the RT60 reverberation time solution represents an essential tool for obtaining an accurate measurement of reflected sound. The easy setup enables reliable measurement for effective modification of room parameters and easy achievement of desired reverberation time.







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RT60 Measurement highlights

Supported Standards

Fully complies with the ISO 354 standard using the integrated response method.

Direct Microphone Input

Our top-of-the-class data acquisition hardware with 160 dB dynamic range allows direct input of IEPE compatible microphones with support for TEDS automatic recognition. Data acquisition system can be scaled for any number of microphones, microphones can be effortlessly calibrated with a calibrator.

Evaluation Ranges

Different evaluation ranges for reverberation time estimation are supported (T20, T30, and T60).

Parameter Estimation

Estimation of modal decay parameters from noisy measurements of reverberant and resonating systems using the Lundeby method.

Absorption Coefficient Calculation

Calculate the absorption coefficient and make a report with the provided report template.

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Reverberation Time RT60

Reverberation time is the time required for the sound pressure level to fall by 60 dB from its initial level. Sound waves in a room will repeatedly bounce off reflective surfaces.

Reverberant sound is the collection of all the reflected sounds in an auditorium.

When these reflections mix with each other, a phenomenon known as reverberation is created. Reverberation reduces when multiple reflections hit absorbent surfaces such as curtains, chairs, and tables. Reverberation is a key parameter when qualifying the acoustic status of a room. 

Evaluation Range

Reverberation time can be evaluated based on a smaller dynamic range than 60 dB and extrapolated to a decay time of 60 dB. The evaluation of the decay curve for each frequency band shall start at 5 dB below the initial sound pressure level. The bottom of the evaluation
range should be at least 10 dB above the overall background noise of the measuring system.

  • T20 - derived from the time at which the decay curve first reaches 5 dB and 25 dB below the initial level.

  • T30 - derived from the time at which the decay curve first reaches 5 dB and 35 dB below the initial level.

  • T60 - derived from the time at which the decay curve first reaches 5 dB and 65 dB below the initial level.

Crosspoint Search

Use the improved algorithm for reverberation time estimation (Lundby algorithm) with an automatic search option.

Option manual will calculate the reverberation time from the first to the second locked cursor. It is important to place the first cursor on the right position, and the position of
the second cursor will be found automatically.

Calculated Output Channels

Reverberation time Math will calculate several parameters and output them as separated channels. The calculations are:

  • T - measured reverberation time

  • ETC - sound energy-time curve

  • Octave time data - octave analysis type can be selected from 1/1 or 1/3 octave

  • Line fit - fitted curve on the energy-time curve

Integrated Response Method

The impulse response may be measured directly by using an impulse source such as a pistol shot, balloon burst, spark gap or any other sound source that produces an impulse with sufficient bandwidth and energy).

Absorption Coefficient Calculation

The absorption (alpha) coefficient of a material indicated the proportion of sound which is absorbed by the surface compared to the proportion which is reflected back into the room.

Provided Excel template contains formulas for averaging and calculation of absorption (alpha) coefficient. Enter the parameters about the room conditions and dimensions (temperature, humidity, volume, surface). 

Analysis and Report Generation

The section in Excel template is dedicated to reporting. Alpha coefficient is calculated from reverberation times and other parameters, that have to be entered (surface area of a test specimen, speed of sound, …).

The result shown in the Excel template is the alpha coefficient for each frequency band and a graph of the alpha coefficient.

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