Multichannel surround and 3D audio are slowly gaining popularity and eventually commercial content in these formats will become common. Many automobiles still have a stereo sound system with some firmware or software that is capable of rendering multichannel audio into stereo. This paper shows the results of a listening test for multichannel audio conducted in a medium-sized car. The results of this test are compared to the results of a listening test for the same audio excerpts but conducted on a mobile phone with headphones. The results show that on mobile phones, multichannel audio clearly outperforms stereo in terms of perceived audio quality as rated by a user. However in automobiles, multichannel audio only shows marginal improvement in the rated audio quality.
Toosy, Fesal; Ehsan, Muhammad Sarwar
Affiliation: University of Central Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
AES Convention: 147 (October 2019) Paper Number: 10219
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
Subject: Applications in Audio
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