Reverberation time (T or RT)

The time it takes for the sound pressure level to fall by 60 dB after the sound has been turned off. Measuring the reverberation time allows us to calculate the total sound absorption. The reverberation time varies according to the frequency. In practice T is derived from the time at which the decay curve first reaches 5 dB and 25 dB below the initial level, it is labelled T20.