Validating a perceptual distraction model in a personal two-zone sound system

Jussi Rämö, Lasse Christensen, Søren Bech, Søren Holdt Jensen

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This paper focuses on validating a perceptual distraction model, which aims to predict user’s perceived distraction caused by audio-on-audio interference, e.g., two competing audio sources within the same listening space. Originally, the distraction model was trained with music-on-music stimuli using a simple loudspeaker setup, consisting of only two loudspeakers, one for the target sound source and the other for the interfering sound source. Recently, the model was successfully validated in a complex personal sound-zone system with speech-on-music stimuli. Second round of validations were conducted by physically altering the sound-zone system and running a set of new listening experiments utilizing two sound zones within the sound-zone system. Thus, validating the model using a different sound-zone system with both speech-on-music and music-on-speech stimuli sets. Preliminary results show that the model performance is equally good in both zones, i.e., with both speech-on-music and music-on-speech stimuli, and comparable to the previous validation round (RMSE approximately 10%). The results further confirm that the distraction model can be used as a valuable tool in evaluating and optimizing the performance of personal sound-zone systems.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)3510
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017
EventAcoustics '17 Boston: 173rd Meeting of Acoustical Society of America and 8th Forum Acusticum - Boston, United States
Duration: 25 Jun 201729 Jun 2017


ConferenceAcoustics '17 Boston
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Psychoacoustics
  • Sound zones
  • Predictive models
  • Audio systems
  • Audio signal processing


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