An advanced multichannel audio system for reproducing a live sound field with an ultimate sensation of presence and reality was set up and studied. The goal of this system is to provide listeners with a natural reproduction of orchestral music, as if they were hearing it in an actual sound field such as that in a concert hall. Subjective evaluations of hearing impression on orchestral sound were carried out to determine which attributes of a front sound stage were necessary for the natural reproduction of an orchestra. The results of the evaluations showed that perceptions of width, depth and localization of the orchestral sound influence the impressions of presence and reality.
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