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Diffuse-Field Equalisation of Binaural Ambisonic Rendering

Audio Lab, Communication Technologies Research Group, Department of Electronic Engineering, University of York, York YO10 5DD, UK
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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(10), 1956; https://doi.org/10.3390/app8101956
Received: 9 October 2018 / Revised: 9 October 2018 / Accepted: 13 October 2018 / Published: 17 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Psychoacoustic Engineering and Applications)
Ambisonics has enjoyed a recent resurgence in popularity due to virtual reality applications. Low order Ambisonic reproduction is inherently inaccurate at high frequencies, which causes poor timbre and height localisation. Diffuse-Field Equalisation (DFE), the theory of removing direction-independent frequency response, is applied to binaural (over headphones) Ambisonic rendering to address high-frequency reproduction. DFE of Ambisonics is evaluated by comparing binaural Ambisonic rendering to direct convolution via head-related impulse responses (HRIRs) in three ways: spectral difference, predicted sagittal plane localisation and perceptual listening tests on timbre. Results show DFE successfully improves frequency reproduction of binaural Ambisonic rendering for the majority of sound source locations, as well as the limitations of the technique, and set the basis for further research in the field. View Full-Text
Keywords: ambisonics; binaural; equalisation ambisonics; binaural; equalisation
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McKenzie, T.; Murphy, D.T.; Kearney, G. Diffuse-Field Equalisation of Binaural Ambisonic Rendering. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 1956.

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