A subjective evaluation of new acoustic measures in concert halls using binaural simulation

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ConferenceProceedings Sabine Centennial Symposium: 01 June 1994, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.
Pages271274; # of pages: 4
AbstractAbout a h,undred years have passed since Sabine proposed his measure of reverberation time as apredictor of the acoustic quality of a concert hall. Since then, as a result of extensive research and ourability to make increasingly precise acoustical measurements, researchers have proposed many otherobjective measures as predictors of a concert hall's acoustic quality. In this paper, a series of experimentswere conducted to evaluate the suitability of several acoustical measures as predictors of subjectivejudgements. Subjects were asked to rank binaurally reproduced sound fields in terms of reverberance,clarity, loudness, envelopment, treble, bass, apparent source width, and overall preference. The binauralimpulse responses were measured in several North American concert halls and were chosen so as to cover asbroad a range as possible with respect to RT60, EDT, C80, G, IACC and LF values. The results of thesetests were then correlated with the various objective measures on an octave band basis to find the bestpredictor of each subjective parameter. The relative importance of the various subjective parameters to theoverall preference of these sound fields was also examined.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number38814
NPARC number20338258
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