Near field measurement
|KLIPPEL R&D System||KLIPPEL QC System|
|Extrapolated far-field SPL response||TRF, CAL, NFS|
|Low frequency measurements without anechoic condition||TRF, DIS, NFS||QC Standard|
|Splicing near-field/ far-field measurement||TRF, CAL, NFS|
|Merging multiple sound sources||TRF, CAL, NFS|
|Distortion measurements at high SNR||TRF, DIS, NFS||QC Standard|
The sound pressure is measured at one or multiple points in the near field of the sound source. At this position, the direct sound is much higher than the diffuse sound which is reflected from boundaries and ambient noise corrupting the measurement. This gives a high signal-to-noise ratio which is important for measurements of the fundamental response at low amplitudes and for nonlinear distortion measurements.
The fundamental component of the sound pressure magnitude response measured in the near field can be used for extrapolating the far field response. At very low frequencies, where the acoustical wavelength is much larger than the radiator, far field response is identical with the attenuated near field response considering the distance of the measurement points. To extrapolate the far field response at higher frequencies and to measure the full directional characteristics (sound power, polar plots), multiple measurements are required at a surface with sufficient spatial resolution, and more complex computation has to be applied (near-field holography).
The measurement of the nonlinear distortion generated by motor and suspension nonlinearities is not critical because the distortion is generated in the one-dimensional signal domain close to the terminals and can be transformed into equivalent input distortion which is independent on the acoustical sound propagation and microphone properties.
TRF is optimal for performing near field measurements by using a sinusoidal sweep technique and calculating the transfer function between the real voltage at the loudspeaker terminals and the microphone signal and for performing distortion measurements.
The hardware and control software of the Scanning Vibrometer (SCN) can be used for scanning the near field of the transducer by using a microphone or velocity sensor.
|Script for merging Near- and Far-field measurement (CAL)||An object template comprises two TRF measurements, and a dedicated script running in a CAL module generates the wide band amplitude response.|
|Measuring the sound pressure at one point in the near field of the transducer is the preferred way of performing end-of-line testing.|
The air leakage tracer is a small handy sensor using a microphone array revealing the direction or position of the noise source. This tool can also apply for near field measurements by using a particular triangulation technique.
The Near-Field Scanner 3D (NFS) uses a moving microphone to scan the sound pressure in the near field of a compact sound source such as a loudspeaker system or a transducer mounted in a baffle. The device under test (< 500 kg) does not move during the scanning process. The reflections in the non-anechoic environment are then consistent and can be monitored with our novel analysis software, which uses acoustical holography and field separation techniques to extract the direct sound and to reduce room reflections.
The sound field generated by the source is reconstructed by a weighted sum of spherical harmonics and Hankel functions which are solutions of the wave equation.
The weighting coefficients in this expansion represent the unique information found in the near-field scan while gaining a significant data reduction.
Near Field Analysis
The wave expansion provides the sound pressure at any point outside the scanning surface which is required for assessing studio monitors, mobile phones and tablets and other personal audio devices where the near field scanner properties are important.
The near-field data, measured at high SNR, is the basis for predicting the direct sound at larger distances.
This avoids diffraction problems of classical far-field measurements (non-homogeneous media)
Templates of KLIPPEL products
Name of the Template
TRF SPL + waterfall
Sound pressure level and cumulative decay spectrum
TRF sensitivity (Mic 2)
Calibration of the microphone at IN2 using a pistonphone
TRF true acoustical phase
Total phase without time delay
TRF 3rd oct. spectr. analyzer
Continuous loop measurement giving the spectrum of the signal acquired via IN1 integrated over 1/3 octave
IEC 20.6 Mean SPL
Mean sound pressure level in a stated frequency band according IEC 60268-5 chapter 20.6
IEC 21.2 Frequency Range
Effective frequency range according IEC 60268-5 chapter 21.2
IEC 22.4 Mean Efficiency
Mean efficiency in a frequency band according IEC 60268-5 chapter 22.4
Frequency response smoothness
SPL Merging Near / Farfield
Merges near-field response and far-field response according to Application Note AN 39
- IEC Standard IEC 60268-5 Sound System Equipment, Part 5: Loudspeakers
- AES56-2008 AES standard on acoustics – Sound source modeling – Loudspeaker polar radiation measurement
- AES2-1984 AES Recommended practice Specification of Loudspeaker Components Used in Professional Audio and Sound Reinforcement
Papers and Preprints:
D. Keele, “Low Frequency Measurement of Loudspeakers by the Near-Field Sound Pressure Sampling Technique,” presented at the 45th Convention of the Audio Eng. Soc., May 1973, Preprint 909.
M. Malon, et al., “Comparison of Four Subwoofer Measurement Techniques,” J. of Audio Eng. Soc., Volume 55, Issue 12, pp. 1077-1091, December 2007.
W. Klippel, et al., “Distributed Mechanical Parameters of Loudspeakers Part 2: Diagnostics,” J. of Audio Eng. Soc. 57, No. 9, pp. 696-708 (2009 Sept.).
W. Klippel, et al., “Distributed Mechanical Parameters of Loudspeakers Part 1: Measurement,” J. of Audio Eng. Soc. 57, No. 9, pp. 500-511 (2009 Sept.).
C. Struck, et al., “Simulated Free Field Measurements,” J. of Audio Eng. Soc., Volume 42, Issue 6, pp. 467-482, June 1994.
Earl G. Williams: "Fourier Acoustics – Sound Radiation and Nearfield Acoustical Holography", 1999 Academic Press, ISNG 0-12-753960-3
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M. Melon, C. Langrenne, A. Garcia: "Measurement of subwoofers with the field separation method: comparison of p- p and p-v formulations", Proc. Acoustics 2012 Nantes, 3491-3496, 2012
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Z. Wang, S. F. Wu: "Helmholtz equation-least-squares method for reconstructing the acoustic pressure field", J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 102 (4), 2020-2032, 1997
H. Lu, S. Wu, D. B. Keele: "High-Accuracy Full-Sphere Electro Acoustic Polar Measurements at High Frequencies using the HELS Method", Audio Eng. Soc. October 2006, Convention Paper 6881
D. B. Keele: Low Frequency Loudspeaker Assessment by Nearfield Sound-Pressure Measurement, J. of the Audio Eng. Soc., April 1974, Vol. 22, No. 3
C. Bellmann, W. Klippel, D. Knobloch: Holographic loudspeaker measurement based on near field scanning, DAGA 2015 - 41th Convention, DEGA e.V.