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    CODE OF PRACTICE FOR THE DESIGN, PLANNING, INSTALLATION, TESTING AND MAINTENANCE OF SOUND SYSTEMS

    Available format(s):  Hardcopy, PDF

    Superseded date:  31-03-2015

    Language(s):  English

    Published date:  01-01-1997

    Publisher:  British Standards Institution

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    Committees responsible
    Foreword
    Code of practice
    1 General
    2 Application
    3 Guidance for prospective purchasers
    4 Planning and contract management of the system
    5 Recommended design principles and procedures
    6 Installing the system
    7 Commissioning the system
    8 Operation and maintenance of the system
    9 Equipment
    10 Special considerations for sound systems for
          emergency purposes
    Annexes
    A (informative) Example of a plan of work for Project
          Team operation suitable for large projects
    B (informative) Project checklist
    C (informative) Design checklist
    D (informative) Basic concepts for electronics and
          acoustics
    E (informative) Consultants for sound systems
    F (informative) Example of sound system operating
          instructions for a Scottish court
    G (informative) Basic list of characteristics which
          should be included in loudspeaker specifications,
          and references to the relevant methods of measure-
          ment
    H (informative) List of characteristics recommended
          to be specified in contracts for headphones and
          headsets, and the relevant methods of measurement
    J (informative) Basic list of characteristics
          recommended to be specified for amplifiers, and the
          relevant methods of measurement
    K (informative) Attenuators for microphones
    L (informative) Bibliography
    Tables
    1 Basic recommendations for sound system applications
    2 Expected sound levels
    3 Maximum sound pressure levels for Dolby formats
    A.1 Plan of work
    A.2 Stage A: Inception
    A.3 Stage B: Feasibility
    A.4 Stage C: Outline proposals
    A.5 Stage D: Scheme design
    A.6 Stage E: Detail design
    A.7 Stage F: Bills of quantity
    A.8 Stage G; Project plan
    A.9 Stage H: Operation on site
    A.10 Stage I: Completion
    B.1 Project checklist for sound system installation
    Figures
    1 Block diagram of an extensive sound system for a
          large store
    2 Block diagram of a sound system for a large church
    3 Examples of sound system output levels
    4 Empirical rule for estimating pairs of audio band
          limit frequencies which give subjectively balanced
          reproduction of programme signals
    5 Sound from film maximum sound pressure levels,
          types A, SR and SR.D
    6 Diagram showing the floating-return technique for
          disabling local loudspeaker attenuators in an
          emergency
    7 Horizontal directional response of an omnidirectional
          microphone with its axis vertical: decibel scale
    8 Directional response of a cardioid microphone:
          decibel scale
    9 Directional response of a hypercardioid microphone:
          decibel scale
    10 Directional response of a supercardioid microphone
          decibel scale
    11 Directional response of a highly directional shotgun
          (rifle) microphone where f = 2.5 Hz and barrel
          length is 275 mm
    12 Directional response of a highly directional
          shotgun (rifle) microphone where f = 10 kHz and
          barrel length is 275 mm
    13 Directional response of a highly directional shot-
          gun (rifle) microphone where f = 10 kHz and barrel
          length is 275 mm
    14 Relative operating distances of microphones for equal
          direct-reverberent signal ratios
    15 Two methods for positioning microphones on a
          conference table. The top view observes the 3 to 1
          rule using cardioid microphones. The bottom view
          shows alternative placement using two omni-
          directional microphones
    16 The 3-to-1 ratio for microphone positioning
    17 A reduced distance ratio using angled microphones
    18 Illustrations of 'good' and 'bad' microphone
          placement
    19 Optimization of the height of the microphone above
          the table
    D.1 Distortion characteristics of a typical amplifier
    D.2 Reflection diagram for certain positions of sound
          source and receiver in a rectangular room of 40m x
          25m x 8m
    D.3 Level recorder trace of sound decay in a room
    D.4 Reverberation time measurement
    K.1 Basic-L-type microphone attenuator
    K.2 Attenuator configuration
    Index
    List of references

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    States recommendations for designing, planning, installing, testing and maintenance of sound systems for communication of speech, music and/or other signals. Applicable mainly to monaural systems, may require variation for stereophonic systems.

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    Committee EPL/100/3
    Development Note Supersedes 93/208023 DC and BS 6259(1982) (09/2005) Reviewed and confirmed by BSI, January 2010. (12/2009)
    Document Type Standard
    Publisher British Standards Institution
    Status Superseded
    Superseded By
    Supersedes

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    BS 5588-3(1983) : 1983 FIRE PRECAUTIONS IN THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDINGS - CODE OF PRACTICE FOR OFFICE BUILDINGS
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