In a natural sonic environment a listener is accustomed to hearing reflections and reverberation. It is conceived that early reflections could reduce front-back confusion in synthetic 3-D audio. This paper describes an experiment to determine whether or not simulated reflections can reduce front-back confusion for audio presented with non-individualized HRTFs via headphones. Although the simple addition of a single-order reflection is not shown to eliminate all front-back confusions, some cases of lateral reflections from a side boundary can be shown to both assist and inhibit localization ability depending on the relationship of the source, observer and reflective boundary.
Reed, Darrin K.; Maher, Robert C.
Affiliation: Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, USA
AES Convention: 127 (October 2009) Paper Number: 7884
Publication Date: October 1, 2009
Subject: Spatial Audio
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