Decibel by decibel, reducing the din to a very dull roar

At RH Lyon Corp, noise-busting engineers tackle everything from leaf blowers to ticking clocks in their search for the right sound

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In Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT professor emeritus Richard H. Lyon and his staff of engineers are breaking new ground in the science of applied acoustics. He and his ten full and part-time noisebusters are busy disembowling clothes dryers and pulling vacuum cleaners apart, developing state-of-the-art techniques for making appliances quieter. The Lyon Corp is helping companies like Ford, Raytheon, General Motors, Nissan and Xerox to get their products to pipe down.

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