Recent developments in immersive audio technology have motivated a proliferation of binaural renderers used for creating spatial audio content. Binaural renderers leverage psychoacoustic features of human hearing to reproduce a 3D sound image over headphones. In this paper a methodology for the comparative evaluation of different binaural renderers is presented. The methodological approach is threefold. A subjective evaluation of 1) quantitative characteristics (such as front/back and up/down discrimination, localization) ; 2) qualitative characteristics (such as timbre, naturalness); and 3) overall preference. The main objective of the methodology is to help to elucidate the most meaningful factors for the performance of binaural renderers and to provide indications on possible improvements in the rendering process.
Reardon, Gregory; Roginska, Agnieszka; Flanagan, Patrick; Calle, Juan Simon; Genovese, Andrea; Zalles, Gabriel; Olko, Marta; Jerez, Christal
Affiliations: New York University, New York, NY, USA; THX Ltd., San Francisco, CA, USA; THX; Platinum Sound Recording Studio(See document for exact affiliation information.)
AES Convention: 143 (October 2017) eBrief:359
Publication Date: October 8, 2017
Subject: Posters—Part 1
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