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What's the difference between echo and reverberation?

What’s the difference between echo and reverberation?

This is a question that we get asked quite regularly, especially from customers who are coming across the measurement of reverberation for the first time.

I recently came across a simple, clear explanation that was written by Harout Taghilian who is an Acoustic Consultant at Ramboll.

Harout wrote:

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The above simple diagram that helps to explain the difference between reverberation and an echo

Did you know?

The Cirrus NoiseTools software has an extension module that allows for the calculation of Reverberation Time (RT60, 30 & 20) in accordance with EN ISO 3382-2 using data that has been measured using an Optimus Sound Level Meter.

The module provides:

  • Calculation of reverberation time using measurements from an Optimus sound level meter
  • Automatic detection of suitable data using EN ISO 3382-2:20081
  • Calculation of RT20, RT30 and RT60
  • Can be used with Interrupted or Impulse noise source data
  • Graphical & numerical display of calculated values
  • Verification of calculations in accordance with EN ISO 3382-2:20081


1 EN ISO 3382-2 Acoustics – Measurement of room acoustic parameters – Part 2: Reverberation time in ordinary rooms (ISO 3382-2:2008)

If you would like more details of this module, please get in touch and we will be pleased to help.

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Jaymee-lee Tolliday
Jaymee-lee Tolliday
Marketing Coordinator

Jaymee-Lee is the Marketing Coordinator at Cirrus Research plc, from managing our English social media platforms and email campaigns to crafting compelling content, she is behind all marketing initiatives across our global markets.

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