HELP SAVE HOME AUDIO - This application from Creative Labs seeks to patent the general idea of optimizing audio output in a multi-speaker audio systems! Help narrow US patent applications before they become patents HERE
QUESTION - Have you seen anything that was published before Dec, 2010 that discusses:
- Comparing performance characteristics among multiple speakers; and
- Designating a master speaker with or without manual intervention; and
- Including a bi-directional transceiver on each speaker.
If so, please submit evidence of prior art as an answer to this question. Only one piece of prior art per answer below. We welcome multiple answers from the same individual
EXTRA CREDIT - A reference to anything that meets all of the criteria to the question above AND where the performance characteristics of each speaker are determined by ALSO uses frequency response, maximum sound level, gain, or speaker location, OR where the master speaker contains a microphone as well as speaker
HINT - Did Dynaudio Air do this? Did any PA's in livesound have automatic setup and calibration based on one of the particular speakers?
TITLE: METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING REPRODUCTION OF AUDIO SIGNALS
Summary: [Translated from Legalese into English] A method for optimizing audio output in a multi-speaker audio system. The multi-speaker audio system includes a number of speakers, each of which contains a bi-directional transceiver. The performance characteristics of each speaker is measured. The characteristics are compared with one another. One speaker is designated a master speaker.
- Publication Number: US 20120148075 A1
- Assignee: Creative Labs, Inc.
- Prior Art Date: Seeking prior Art predating December, 2010
Claim 1 requires each and every step below:
A method for optimizing reproduction of audio signals from an apparatus for audio reproduction with the apparatus for audio reproduction having a variable number of speakers, the method including: 1. Determining performance characteristics of each of the variable number of speakers;
Comparing performance characteristics of each of the variable number of speakers with each other; and
Designating a master speaker from the variable number of speakers either with or without manual intervention;
Wherein each of the variable number of speakers includes a bi-directional transceiver.
In English this means:
- The performance characteristics of each speaker is measured.
- The performance characteristics are compared with one another.
- One speaker is designated a master speaker.
- Each speaker in the system contains a bi-directional transceiver
Good prior art would be evidence of a system that did each and every one of these steps prior to the Dec, 2010.
You're probably aware of ten pieces of art that meet this criteria already... separately, the applicant is claiming a method using all of the steps above and and where performance characteristics of each speaker are determined by frequency response, maximum sound level, gain, or speaker location. Extra credit would include systems that do all of the steps above and also involve a one of these methods of measuring performance characteristic of the speakers in the system.
A "schematic diagram" of each speaker from the Applicant
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