critical band

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For any specified tone (1), the range of frequencies of sounds that are capable of masking the tone, sounds outside this range having little or no masking effect. The critical bandwidth increases from a minimum of about 100 hertz for a tone of 500 hertz to over 1,000 hertz for tones above 5,000 hertz. See also auditory masking.

Subjects: Psychology.

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