We present a perceptual evaluation of ?at-panel loudspeakers derived from anechoic amplitude response measurements. Seventy measurements were used to formulate frequency response curves for each loudspeaker characterizing the effects of listener position and in-room reflections. A model developed by Olive  was applied to the response curves to predict a preference rating for each loudspeaker. A commercial flat-panel speaker and a flat-panel speaker with a modal crossover network enabled/disabled were measured along with a conventional speaker. The modal crossover speaker scored over 10 points higher than the other flat-panel speakers and displayed a smooth low-frequency response. For flat-panel loudspeakers to produce preference ratings comparable with conventional speakers, structural improvements must be made to reduce the narrow band deviation at high-frequencies.
Heilemann, Michael; Anderson, David; Roessner, Stephen; Bocko, Mark F.
Affiliations: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA; University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA(See document for exact affiliation information.)
AES Convention: 145 (October 2018) Paper Number: 10087
Publication Date: October 7, 2018
Subject: Applications in Audio
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