Simulation and analysis of spatial audio reproduction and listening area effects

Satongar, D 2016, Simulation and analysis of spatial audio reproduction and listening area effects , PhD thesis, University of Salford.

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Abstract

Loudspeaker-based spatial audio systems are often designed with the aim to create an auditory event or scene to a listener positioned in the optimal listening position. However, in real-world domestic listening environments, listeners can be distributed across the listening area. Any translational change from the central listening position will introduce artefacts which can be challenging to evaluate perceptually. Simulation of a loudspeaker system using non-individualised dynamic binaural synthesis is one solution to this problem. However, the validity in using such systems is not well proven. This thesis measures the limitations of using a non-individualised, dynamic binaural synthesis system to simulate the perception of loudspeaker-based panning methods across the listening area. The binaural simulation system was designed and verified in collaboration with BBC Research and Development. The equivalence of localisation errors caused by loudspeaker-based panning methods between in situ and binaural simulation was measured where it was found that localisation errors were equivalent to a +/-7 degrees boundary in 75% of the spatial audio reproduction systems tested. Results were then compared to a computation localisation model which was adapted to utilise head-rotations. The equivalence of human acuity to sound colouration between in situ and when using non-individualised binaural simulation was measured using colouration detection thresholds from five directions. It was shown that thresholds were equivalent within a +/-4dB equivalence boundary, supporting the use for simulating sound colourations caused by loudspeaker-based panning methods. The binaural system was finally applied to measure the perception of multi-loudspeaker induced colouration artefacts across the listening area. It was found that the central listening position had the lowest perceived colouration. It is also shown that the variation in perceived colouration across the listening area is larger for reverberant reproduction conditions.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), BBC
Depositing User: D Satongar
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2017 09:03
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2017 09:03
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/40652

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