Qualitative evaluation of media device orchestration for immersive spatial audio reproduction

Francombe, J, Woodcock, JS ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5654-5374, Hughes, R, Mason, R, Franck, A, Pike, C, Brookes, T, Davies, WJ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5835-7489, Jackson, P, Cox, TJ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4075-7564, Fazi, F and Hilton, A 2018, 'Qualitative evaluation of media device orchestration for immersive spatial audio reproduction' , Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, 66 (6) , pp. 414-429.

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Abstract

The challenge of installing and setting up dedicated spatial audio systems can make it difficult to deliver immersive listening experiences to the general public. However, the proliferation of smart mobile devices and the rise of the Internet of Things mean that there are increasing numbers of connected devices capable of producing audio in the home. \Media device orchestration" (MDO) is the concept of utilizing an ad hoc set of devices to deliver or augment a media experience. In this paper, the concept is evaluated by implementing MDO for augmented spatial audio reproduction using object-based audio with semantic metadata. A thematic analysis of positive and negative listener comments about the system revealed three main categories of response: perceptual, technical, and content-dependent aspects. MDO performed particularly well in terms of immersion/envelopment, but the quality of listening experience was partly dependent on loudspeaker quality and listener position. Suggestions for further development based on these categories are given.

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 (AES)
ISSN: 1549-4950
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Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Depositing User: W. J. Davies
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2018 10:35
Last Modified: 08 May 2019 14:49
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/47747

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