The effect of stereo crosstalk on intelligibility : comparison of a phantom stereo image and a central loudspeaker source

Shirley, BG ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9634-4489, Kendrick, P ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0714-183X and Churchill, C 2007, 'The effect of stereo crosstalk on intelligibility : comparison of a phantom stereo image and a central loudspeaker source' , Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, 55 (10) , pp. 852-863.

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Abstract

The roll out of surround sound for broadcasting and packaged media, and the consequent addition of a center loudspeaker for sound accompanying video have the potential to reduce the impact of acoustical crosstalk and so improve the intelligibility of material presented with speech in the center channel. A series of listening tests were carried out assessing any potential intelligibility benefits associated with presenting speech using a central loudspeaker, as found in 5.1 surround sound systems, compared to using a central stereo image. Twenty subjects with normal hearing were presented with a series of sentences containing identifying keywords in a background of multitalker babble over a wide stereo image. Half of the sentences were played as a central source and half as a central stereo image. The tests showed significant improvements in word recognition using a separate center loudspeaker when compared with a phantom center image between a pair of loudspeakers. A theoretical transfer function showing the difference in frequency response between the two conditions is calculated and compared with actual measurements made using a dummy head. The impact of acoustical crosstalk on the intelligibility of speech is assessed.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the Audio Engineering Society
Publisher: Audio Engineering Society (AES)
ISSN: 1549-4950
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Depositing User: Dr Ben Shirley
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2022 11:23
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 14:48
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/62732

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