Elevation (sound engineering)

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The following effect is known as elevation in stereophony with loudspeaker stereo listening in the stereo triangle : If you approach the front of the loudspeaker on the center line, mid-range sound sources move upwards above the loudspeaker level.

The elevation or elevation of the phantom sound sources above the connecting line between the loudspeakers results from the contradiction that the hearing receives identical signals from a real mid-range sound source, but these actually do not arrive from the front, but from halfway to the side. This related falsification of the timbre must appear illogical to the ear from its experience. It reacts with the apparent elevation of the phantom sound source.


  • Thomas Görne: Sound engineering. 1st edition, Carl Hanser Verlag, Leipzig, 2006, ISBN 3-446-40198-9

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