ASTM E1179 - 11 Standard Specification for Sound Sources Used for Testing Open Office Components and Systems

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Source: ASTM International

This specification states the requirements for sound sources used for measuring the speech privacy between open offices or for measuring the laboratory performance of acoustical components. The sound source shall be a loudspeaker enclosed in a box that has a maximum dimension of 0.30 m (1 ft) on a side, to reduce spurious sound reflections. The measurements shall be carried out in a free sound field. The measurement microphone, amplifier, and level meter used to measure sound pressure levels shall satisfy the requirements prescribed. When the sound source is driven with the qualification signal, the sound output shall be adequate to maintain one-third octave-band sound pressure levels at least 10 dB above the corresponding background noise in each band at each measurement location. The directivity of the sound source shall be verified by driving the source with the qualification signal and measuring the sound pressure levels at measurement points.

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1. Scope

1.1 This specification states the requirements for sound sources used for measuring the speech privacy between open offices or for measuring the laboratory performance of acoustical components (see Test Methods E 1111 and E 1130).

1.2 The sound source shall be a loudspeaker located in an enclosure driven with an appropriate test signal.

1.3 This specification describes the sound source and method of qualifying it using a special qualification signal. Test signals required by open office test methods may differ.

2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately)

ASTM Standards
C384 Test Method for Impedance and Absorption of Acoustical Materials by Impedance Tube Method
C634 Terminology Relating to Building and Environmental Acoustics
E1050 Test Method for Impedance and Absorption of Acoustical Materials Using A Tube, Two Microphones and A Digital Frequency Analysis System
E1111 Test Method for Measuring the Interzone Attenuation of Open Office Components
E1130 Test Method for Objective Measurement of Speech Privacy in Open Plan Spaces Using Articulation Index

ANSI Standards
S1.43 Specifications for Integrating-Averaging Sound Level Meters

Index Terms

loudspeaker; open office; open office components; open office components and systems; sound; sound source directivity; sound sources

ICS Code

DOI: 10.1520/E1179-11

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