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Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion

What it is: The amount of subtle, unwanted frequencies (harmonics) produced alongside the intended frequencies by the soundbar.
When it matters: When clean and pure sound reproduction is desired. Harmonic distortion is relatively difficult to hear, so it should only matter to those who care about the fidelity of sound reproduction.
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ST Weighted THD @ 80db SPL

What it is: The overall amount of harmonic distortion produced by the soundbar at 80dB SPL. To make the score more perceptually relevant, more weight is given to the higher frequencies.
When it matters: When a pure and clean sound is desired at moderate listening levels. Harmonic distortion is relatively difficult to hear, so it should only matter to those who really care about the fidelity of sound reproduction.
Good value: <0.7
Noticeable difference: 0.1
Score distribution

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ST Weighted THD @ Max Volume

What it is: The overall amount of harmonic distortion produced by the soundbar at its maximum volume. To make the score more perceptually relevant, more weight is given to the higher frequencies.
When it matters: When a pure and clean sound is desired with the soundbar set to is maximum volume. Harmonic distortion is relatively difficult to hear, so it should only matter to those who care about the fidelity of sound reproduction.
Good value: <1
Noticeable difference: 0.1
Score distribution

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