That’s not hyperbole — just physics. The inverse/square law applies to light, sound, and the entire electromagnetic spectrum: 1/D^2 where D = distance. Sound dissipates as the inverse of the square of the distance. At ten feet, you have 1% of the desired sound you have at one foot from the source. And you also have 100 times as much background noise in the signal, relative to the sound you want... once you turn up the volume (gain) to compensate.
Thank you for clearing that up. Everything makes sense now.