Spatial audio rendering techniques often make assumptions about head-related transfer functions to simplify the reproduction process, however, state-of-the-art techniques require critical consideration of the transfer function accuracy. This paper uses boundary-element method HRTFs to investigate the perceptual spectral difference (PSD) that arises with distance and angle discrepancies. PSD between HRTFs at various radial distances is calculated, and between HRTFs in head- and ear-centred systems as function of radial distance. The distance at which the average and maximum PSD falls below the threshold of perception is determined. HRTF average variation reaches perceptual limits by 2-3m, however, perceivable PSD values occur up to and beyond 10m, indicating that care must be taken when approximating either the distance or angular location of HRTFs.
Young, Kat; Armstrong, Cal; Tew, Anthony I.; Murphy, Damian T.; Kearney, Gavin
Affiliation: University of York, UK
AES Conference: 2019 AES International Conference on Immersive and Interactive Audio (March 2019)
Paper Number: 77
Publication Date: March 17, 2019
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