A novel method for perceptual assessment of small room acoustics using rapid sensory analysis

Neofytos Kaplanis, Søren Bech, Tapio Lokki, Toon van Waterschoot, Søren Holdt Jensen

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Identifying and perceptually characterizing the physical properties of rooms is a fundamental step in understanding the acoustical qualities of a space. Over the last century, numerous studies have investigated the perceptual qualities in performance spaces, such as opera houses and concert halls. In smaller spaces, such as domestic environments, the research focus has been primarily steered toward sound reproduction within a room, rather than the transmission medium, the room. In this study, a new methodology is used to perceptually assess and characterize a range of acoustical properties within small rooms and car cabins. In-situ measurements were performed to obtain a range of possible acoustical settings, by varying physically the spaces under investigation. The measured responses were spatiallyanalyzed and synthesized to reproduce the observed fields in the laboratory. Expert listeners were presented with auralized sound over a loudspeaker array and followed a rapid sensory analysis protocol. The elicited attributes and ratings are analyzed and possible links to the acoustical properties of these spaces are discussed. [This study is a part of Marie Curie Network on Dereverberation and Reverberation of Audio, Music, and Speech. EU-FP7 under agreement ITN-GA-2012-316969.]
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)2202
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2016
EventAcoustical Society of America - Salt Lake City, United States
Duration: 23 May 201627 May 2016
Conference number: 171


ConferenceAcoustical Society of America
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySalt Lake City


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