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"Phon" is not defined[edit]

It is not sufficient to define the phon as one when the dBSPL is a certain value. Then entire functional form must be given. Is the phon proportional to the square of the dBSPL? The logarithm? Can someone please give a formula relating phon to dBSPL? Randallbsmith (talk) 21:26, 30 September 2013 (UTC)


In what sense is the word "strength" used in the opening paragraph? Wikipedia guidelines discourage linking directly to disambiguation pages. It would be good to either remove the link, or direct the link at the specific, appropriate article. The nearest sense I can come up with is signal strength, which I'm not entirely sure is correct. Could someone please help? Sanguinity 19:00, 24 August 2006 (UTC)

Following the lead set on "Intensity", I'm redirecting "strength" to the wiktionary entry, and will do the same on the other sound-measurement pages (sound pressure, sound intensity). Again, if a particular sense of "strength" is meant, please re-link as you deem appropriate. Sanguinity 18:44, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

This is confusing. The distinction between "strength" & "intensity" is meaningless in a subjective sense. The level in phons is the level (dB SPL) of a 1kHz pure tone that is judged to have the same loudness as the sound in question. PeterHaughton 15:30, 2 September 2006 (UTC)

The link for "explanation" doesn't work; a possible alternative:


I've heard it pronounced exactly like the "phone" in "telephone", but I've also heard some pronounce as in "fawn". Whichever (or both) is/are correct should be given in this article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by MusicScience (talkcontribs) 23:55, 7 February 2014 (UTC)

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