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The influence of headphones on the localization of external loudspeaker sources

Satongar, D, Pike, C, Lam, YW and Tew, AI 2015, 'The influence of headphones on the localization of external loudspeaker sources' , Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, 63 (10) , pp. 799-810.

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When validating systems that use headphones to synthesize virtual sound sources, a direct comparison between virtual and real sources is sometimes needed. This paper considers the passive influence of headphones on the sound transmission and perception of external loudspeaker sources, for which physical measurements and behavioral data have been obtained. Physical measurements of the effect of a number of headphone models are given and analyzed using an auditory filter bank and binaural cue extraction. These highlighted that all of the headphones had an effect on localization cues and repositioning had a measurable effect. A localization test was undertaken using one of the best performing headphones from the measurements. It was found that the presence of the headphones caused a small increase in localization error and that the process of judging source location was different, highlighting a possible increase in the complexity of the localization task.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre (SIRC)
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the Audio Engineering Society
Publisher: Audio Engineering Society
ISSN: 1549-4950
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Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), BBC via ICASE Studentship
Depositing User: WM Taylor
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2016 09:36
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2016 11:11

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