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Aural Acuity and the Meaning of Sound Quality: A Cultural Approach

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Aural activity has traditionally been assumed to account for variance in subjective evaluations of sound quality. Perception and preference, however, are shown to be very different phenomena. Research on fashion and cultural capital is drawn upon to describe sound quality preferences as multidimensional forms of individual self-expression based on status acquisition. Sound quality research that fails to take into account the cultural aspects of sound quality evaluation runs the risk of pro-innovation bias.

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